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WBJEE–The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination
The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations are conducted by a Board that was formed in 1962 to hold a common admission test for all the Engineering Colleges of the State of West Bengal. Today, it conducts five entrance examinations to screen candidates for different courses conducted by universities, government colleges and self-financing colleges of the state of West Bengal. They are:
JEM: This exam is conducted for admission to degree level Engineering & Technology courses including Dairy Technology, Pharmaceutical Technology, Agricultural Engineering as well as Medical and Dental courses.
WBJEE Board is conducting a separate admission test for admission to degree level course in Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry in 2009, for the first time.
JECA: This exam is conducted for admission the Master of Computer Application (MCA) course in different universities throughout the state.
JELET: This exam is conducted for diploma holders in Engineering & Technology or Pharmacy as well as B.Sc. degree holders with Mathematics as one of the subjects at the graduation level who are seeking direct admission to the 2nd Year of the 4-year degree course in Engineering & Technology or Pharmacy.
JENPARH: This exam is conducted for admission to paramedical or alternative therapy degree level courses such as Nursing (H), Physiotherapy, Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, and Unani system of Medicine.
JEHOM: This exam is conducted for admission to degree level courses in Hotel Management & Catering Technology.
Subjects to cover for WBJEE
JEM 2009 conducted by the WBJEE Board will consist of 4 papers:
Mathematics (100 marks)
Physics (50 marks)
Chemistry (50 marks)
Biological Sciences (100 marks)
Subjects to be covered for specific courses are as follows:
Candidates targeting Engineering & Technology, B.Arch., Dairy Technology, Agricultural Engineering, and Pharmacy courses need to appear for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics papers.
Candidates targeting Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy courses need to appear for Biological Science, Physics and Chemistry papers.
Candidates targeting Engineering & Technology, B.Arch., Dairy Technology, Agricultural Engineering, Pharmacy, Medical, and Dental courses need to appear for all the four papers – Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biological Sciences.
Duration of the Exam
The duration of each WBJEE exam is of two hours or 120 minutes.
Test Structure of the Exam
80% questions in the WBJEE papers are multiple-choice questions with four options and a single correct answer, while 20% questions are of short-answer type.
Scoring of WBJEE Exams
There is negative marking at JEM 2009. For multiple-choice type questions, one-third mark is deducted for each incorrect answer. Indicating more than one answer in a question is treated as an incorrect response while no marks are deducted for unanswered questions. Hence, speed and precision both play an important role in scoring more at the JEM examinations conducted by WBJEE Board. Selection list is based on the merit rank obtained at WBJEE as well as candidate’s choice of colleges and universities, as indicated in the application form.
Reservation at WBJEE
SC/ST and Physically Challenged (PC) students belonging to West Bengal have reserved seats at government and government-aided Engineering or Technology Colleges. However, it is not mandatory for un-aided private colleges to offer reservation for SC/ST/PC candidates. All students from outside the state of West of Bengal are treated as General or Open category students.
Few seats in Govt. Engineering & Technology Colleges of the State are reserved for defense quota students too.
Up to 10% seats in the Self Financing Engineering & Technology Colleges of the State are reserved for merit holders in All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE).
Self Financing Engineering & Technology Colleges of the State offering B.Tech. or B. Pharm. courses have Management quota that extends to the maximum of 10% of the approved intake.
JEM 2009 students from West Bengal also have the benefit of a few seats available at Engineering & Technology Colleges of other States which are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), New Delhi. Where are exams held?
JEM is conducted all over India. West Bengal candidates are generally allotted centers in their own districts. However, the examination center is allotted at the discretion of the Board and cannot be changed under any circumstances.
WBJEE Exam Fees
Application forms for Engineering and Medical aspirants are available for Rs. 500/-. However, candidates who want to apply for all the courses need to pay Rs. 600/- for the application form.
Are calculators allowed?
WBJEE does not allow Calculators, Slide Rules, Log Tables, Electronic Watches with facilities of Calculator, Cellular Phones, and Pagers inside the Examination Hall and possession of any of these devices may result in cancellation of the paper of the candidate.