The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has categorically denied that the news about repetition of 7 questions in JEE Mains 2018 entrance test was a false propaganda aimed at misleading students and gaining publicity by some commercial ventures.
The news was carried out originally by the weblink cisthetaglobal.com stating that “7 to 8 questions out of the 90 questions of JEE 2018 paper were carried from a model paper of a coaching institution by the name of Narayana Academy in Hyderabad in 2016.”
CBSE has stated that these questions did not exist in 2016 and explained that the JEE question papers are prepared in original by over 100 item writers over a span of two months during the year of the exam, which means they must have been prepared in January 2018 and never before.
These item writers are subject experts, who prepare over 1,500 items in original and they are handwritten. From them, 90 questions are drawn randomly and 8-9 sets are created. Any one set is randomly picked for use in JEE of that year, explained CBSE about the modus operandi of setting the JEE Mains exam question paper.
The said 7-8 questions were prepared in original by 7 different item writers and were handwritten, which undergo changes by a moderator and then a vetter will make some changes, all in handwritten, it noted. The final handwritten version was will be sent to a confidential printer just 2-3 months before the exam, stated CBSE.
Strange but these 7 questions appeared exactly on the website of Narayana Academy’s so-called 2016 model paper and then the said institute has said that the items have been doctored to spoil its image. CBSE reiterated that all these 7-8 items/questions were originally written only about two to three months ago and they “cannot and could not have figured in any model paper by any coaching institutions two years back.”
“There is an atmosphere of falsities and rumour mongering being deliberately perpetuated against a prestigious organisation like CBSE. CBSE appeals to all not to pay heed to such falsities,” said CBSE in its statement.
Unless cyber security experts nail down how and when these questions appeared or inserted in the so-called 2016 model paper, the issue remains a publicity stunt and many students may fall for such gimmicks in the future.