The Curious Debate of JEEMain 2014 Cutoffsâ€”Where Do You Stand?
All right! Just because the curious case of JEEMain 2014 is finally over doesnâ€™t mean that students are finally out of stresszone. Obviously,postexam stress is harrowing experience for any student, which grows bigger with outofthebox result predictions following any exam by critics.
In case of JEEMain 2014 (that was held on April 6^{th}, 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 JEEcandidates determine their rankings or their performance in the examination while some just add to their confusions.
Cutoff predictions in JEEMain like other exams are mainly based on detailed paper analysis. So letâ€™s analyze JEEMain paper and try to fathom the mystery over result predictions.
The JEEMain examination was based on physics, chemistry, and mathematics subjects from class 11^{th} and 12^{th}. Letâ€™s take a look at the examâ€™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 12â€”17 questions from physics, 19 from chemistry, and 12 from mathematics. On the other hand, there were total 42 question from class 11â€”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. Letâ€™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 12^{th} had more marks than questions from class 11^{th}. There were 192 marks from class 12^{th} and 168 from class 11^{th}.Paper analysis can also prove useful for the determination of expected cutoff the colleges. However, a lot of other aspects are taken into consideration while analyzing a paper to determine expected cutoffs. We must analyze JEEMain 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:
Â  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.Letâ€™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 â€“
Coaching Institute  JEE Main 2014 Category Wise Expected Cutoff  
Â  General  ST  SC  OBC 
Resonance  115  47  52  72 
Letâ€™s go through expected cutoffs released by other coaching institutes and websites:
JEE Main 2014 Expected Cutoff by askIITians â€“
Coaching Institute  JEE Main 2014 Category Wise Expected Cutoff  
Â  General  ST  SC  OBC 
AskIITians  120130  4045  4045  7585 
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JEE Main 2014 Expected Cutoff by Career Point â€“Â Â
Coaching Institute  JEE Main 2014 Category Wise Expected Cutoff  
Â  General  ST  SC  OBC 
Career Point  105  40  49  68 
Expected cutoff depends a lot on various factors such as number of JEEMain candidates, number of seats, and the level of examination (that we have already analyzed above).TheÂ cut offÂ 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:
PHYSICSÂ
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%  
Semiconductor  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  Coordinate  Coordinate 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:
Â  Topic name  No of question  marks  %weightage
(approx..) 
binomial  1  4  3%  
Complex number  1  4  3%  
coordinate geometry  
Â  circle  1  4  3% 
Â  ellipse  1  4  3% 
Â  parabola  –  
Â  St.line  2  8  7% 
Co–ordinategeometry (3d)  2  8  7%  
Differentialcalculus  
Â  Application of derivative  2  8  7% 
Â  differentiation  1  4  3% 
Â  Limit of function  2  8  7% 
Â  Sets&Â series  1  4  3% 
Integralcalculus  
Â  Area under curve  1  4  3% 
Â  Definite integration  1  4  3% 
Â  Differential equation  1  4  3% 
Â  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  
Inversetrigonometry  –  
Trigonometry ratio and identity  1  4  3%  
Trig equation  –  
vector  1  4  3%  
Grand total  30  120  100% 
Â Chemistry
Inorganic chem1  Inorganic
Chem2 
Organic
Chem1 
Organic
Chem1 
Physical chem1  Physical chem2  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 chem1  No of question  marks  %weightage  
Chemical bonding  2  8  7  
pblock  4  16  13  
Periodic table& periodicity  1  4  3  
Inorganic chem2  
dblock& f block  
Transition elements &coordination  1  4  3  
Organic chem1  
GOC2  3  12  10  
Organic chem2  
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 chem1  
atomic structure  
Gaseous state  1  4  3  
Ionic equilibrium  2  8  7  
Mole concept  1  4  3  
Thermodynamic & thermochemistry  1  4  3  
Physical chem2  
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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