The Curious Debate of JEE-Main 2014 Cutoffs—Where Do You Stand?All right! Just because the curious case of JEE-Main 2014 is finally over doesn’t mean that students are finally out of stress-zone. Obviously,post-exam stress is harrowing experience for any student, which grows bigger with out-of-the-box result predictions following any exam by critics.
In case of JEE-Main 2014 (that was held on April 6th, 2014, yesterday), queer result predictions for students were out in a few hours after the exam. And there were over hundreds of websites each with their different cutoff predictions. Some predictions help JEE-candidates determine their rankings or their performance in the examination while some just add to their confusions.
Cutoff predictions in JEE-Main like other exams are mainly based on detailed paper analysis. So let’s analyze JEE-Main paper and try to fathom the mystery over result predictions.
The JEE-Main examination was based on physics, chemistry, and mathematics subjects from class 11th and 12th. Let’s take a look at the exam’s question distribution by the help of the table given below:
Question Distribution:

Physics Chemistry Mathematics Total
Class 12 17 19 12 48
Class 11 13 11 18 42

There were total 48 questions from class 12—17 questions from physics, 19 from chemistry, and 12 from mathematics. On the other hand, there were total 42 question from class 11—13 from physics, 11 from chemistry, and 18 from mathematics.
Marks distribution in the exam was comparatively higher in class 12th category than class 11the category. Let’s go through the table given below for a clear understanding:
Marks Distribution:

Physics Chemistry Maths total
Class 12 68 76 48 192
Class 11 52 44 72 168

Questions from class 12th had more marks than questions from class 11th. There were 192 marks from class 12th and 168 from class 11th.Paper analysis can also prove useful for the determination of expected cut-off the colleges. However, a lot of other aspects are taken into consideration while analyzing a paper to determine expected cut-offs. We must analyze JEE-Main paper on its difficulty levels of questions and marks distribution.
We can distribute these two levels in two different tables:
Difficulty level of questions:

Physic Chemistry Maths total
Difficult 7 6 4 17
Moderate 10 9 14 33
Easy 13 15 12 30

Difficulty Level in Marks distribution:

  physics chemistry Maths total
Difficulty 28 24 13 65
Moderate 40 36 47 123
Easy 52 60 40 152

Comparing these two tables, we get more number of easy questions and marks.Let’s take a look at the expected cutoff released by Resonance (a leading coaching institute) based on its analysis of the exam. These are minimum scores predicted by the institute for admissions to the various engineering degree courses in the IITs, NITs, Central Institutes and other engineering colleges across the country.
JEE Main 2014 Expected Cutoff by Resonance –

Coaching Institute JEE Main 2014 Category Wise Expected Cutoff
  General ST SC OBC
Resonance 115 47 52 72

Let’s go through expected cutoffs released by other coaching institutes and websites:
JEE Main 2014 Expected Cutoff by askIITians

Coaching Institute JEE Main 2014 Category Wise Expected Cutoff
  General ST SC OBC
AskIITians 120-130 40-45 40-45 75-85

 

JEE Main 2014 Expected Cutoff by Career Point –  

Coaching Institute JEE Main 2014 Category Wise Expected Cutoff
  General ST SC OBC
Career Point 105 40 49 68

Expected cutoff depends a lot on various factors such as number of JEE-Main candidates, number of seats, and the level of examination (that we have already analyzed above).The cut off also varies for different category students such as General, OBC, SC/ST, etc.
We have brought you both subject and topic wise paper analysis of the exam to help you come up with your own expected cutoff:

PHYSICS 

electrodynamics Heat and thermodynamics mechanics Modern physics optics SHM & waves TOTAL
No of question 6 2 11 7 2 3 30
Max.marks 24 8 44 28 8 12 120
%weightage 20 6 36 22 7 9 100%

Topic wise marks allocation

Topic name No of question Total marks %weightage
electrodynamics 19%
capacitance 1 4 3%
Current electricity 1 4 3%
Electromagnetic ield 1 4 3%
E.M.I 2 8 7%
electrostatic 1 4 3%
Heat and thermodynamics 10%
Heat transfer 2 8 7%
KTG and thermodynamics 1 4 3%
mechanics 32%
Center of mass 1 4 3%
Fluid mechanics& properties of matter 2 8 7%
gravitation 1 4 3%
Projectile motion 1 4 3%
Rigid body dynamic 3 12 12%
Surface tension 1 4 3%
Unit & dimension 1 4 3%
Modern physics 21%
Em waves& communication 2 8 7%
Modern physics 2 8 7%
Semi-conductor 2 8 7%
Optics 10%
Geometrical and physical optics 2 8 7%
Wave optics 1 4 3%
SHM & WAVES 6%
SHM 1 4 3%
String waves and sound wave 1 4 3%
30 120 100%

MATHEMATICS

Binomial complex Co-ordinate Co-ordinate 3d Differentiation integration Mathematical

Reasoning

Matrix and determinant P &c Probability quadratic sequence

& series

statics trigonometry vector total
questions 1 1 5 2 7 3 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 30
max.marks 4 4 20 8 28 30 8 8 4 8 4 4 4 4 120
& weightage 3 3 17 7 24 10 7 7 3 7 3 3 3 3

Marks distribution across units and topics:

Topic wise mark distribution:

  Topic name No of question marks %weightage

(approx..)

binomial 1 4 3%
Complex number 1 4 3%
co-ordinate geometry
  circle 1 4 3%
  ellipse 1 4 3%
  parabola
  St.line 2 8 7%
Coordinategeometry (3d) 2 8 7%
Differentialcalculus
  Application of derivative 2 8 7%
  differentiation 1 4 3%
  Limit of function 2 8 7%
  Sets&  series 1 4 3%
Integralcalculus
  Area under curve 1 4 3%
  Definite integration 1 4 3%
  Differential equation 1 4 3%
  Indefinite integration 1 4 3%
Mathematical reasoning 1 4 3%
Matrix & determinant 2 8 8%
Permutation and combination 1 4 3%
probability 1 4 3%
Quadratic equation 2 8 8%

 

Sequence and series 1 4 3%
statics 2 8 8%
trigonometry
Inverse-trigonometry
Trigonometry ratio and identity 1 4 3%
Trig equation
vector 1 4 3%
Grand total 30 120 100%

 Chemistry

Inorganic chem-1 Inorganic

Chem-2

Organic

Chem-1

Organic

Chem-1

Physical chem-1 Physical chem-2 total
No of question 7 1 3 7 5 7 30
Max.marks 28 4 12 28 20 28 120
%weightage 23 3 11 22 19 22

Topic wise marks allocation:

Inorganic chem-1 No of question marks %weightage
Chemical bonding 2 8 7
p-block 4 16 13
Periodic table& periodicity 1 4 3
Inorganic chem-2
d-block& f block
Transition elements &co-ordination 1 4 3
Organic chem-1
GOC-2 3 12 10
Organic chem-2
Alkyl halide, alcohol& ether, carbohydrate, amino acids & polymers 3 12 10
Carboxylic acid & their derivative 3 12 10
Practical organic chem 1 4 3
Physical chem-1
atomic structure
Gaseous state 1 4 3
Ionic equilibrium 2 8 7
Mole concept 1 4 3
Thermodynamic & thermochemistry 1 4 3
Physical chem-2
Chemical kinetic 1 4 3
Electrochemistry 4 16 16
Solid state 1 4 3
Surface chemistry 1 4 3
Grand total 30 120 100

Based on this paperanalysis, many coaching institutes like those mentioned above in the article have come up with their own cutoff predictions. But how accurate are these cutoff predictions anyway?

Following these predictions blindly will not serve any purpose; we must look beyond what we cannot see. If you too analyze the paper carefully, then you can also come up with an accurate cutoff prediction. And who could be the best person than you to check your own performance in such an important exam.

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