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Errors in WBJEE 2016 Medical Answer Key

Last Updated - September 08, 2016

The West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam or the WBJEE is a state-government controlled centralized test, conducted by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board for admission to many private and governmental medical and engineering institutions in West Bengal. The exam is conducted after 12th grade, for admission in Bachelor courses. Approximately 3 lac students appear in this exam each year.

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The WBJEE Results for the engineering and pharmacy streams were declared on June 5,2016. Boys outshined the girls, claiming the top 10 positions. The WBJEE Counselling for engineering was conducted between June 15 to July 19, 2016.  

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Among the first 10,000 students in the merit list:

  • 3,151 were from Kolkata
  • 2,205 from North
  • 1,670 from Howrah
  • 752 from Bardhaman
  • 504 from South

Candidates willing to apply must ensure that they fulfill the WBJEE Eligibility Criteria. The candidate must be a citizen of India only then the candidature is acceptable to seek admission. Candidates must have passed with at least 50% marks in higher secondary examination with individual pass marks in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English.

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The Issue

Post the release of model answer keys this year, the examinees have been surrounded by great skepticism. Experts say that this year’s model answer keys have been incorrect. While these experts were checking the model answer keys of WBJEE (medical), they pointed out at least five ambiguous questions and answers in the Biology section. To be precise, four in Zoology and one in Botany, two in Chemistry and one in Physics. Where these answer keys help bring in more transparency, they have led to utter confusion this time. The Board has decided to announce the results on August 27,2016 now.

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What are the answer keys?

They are a list of answers to all the MCQ questions, that are uploaded over the internet, so that students can tally their answers. It is like self-assessing their own performance. The whole process of tallying is eased out through these answer keys. These are given out by the examiners and moderators of the WBJEE Board. The issue of release of incorrect answer keys which doing the rounds, if found true, will question the reliability and competence of the examiners.

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What the Board says?

In a surprising response, the WBJEE Board hasn’t denied the charges. Moreover, it has asked the students to apply for a review of these model answer keys by depositing INR 1,000 to the Board office with supportive calculations and references. These applications will be further sent to the WBJEE Board Committee, that will examine the objections and come to a decision.

The Board Chairman, Mr. Sajal Dasgupta says, “The expert panel's decision will be final. The final model answer keys will then be uploaded again and there will be no further change”.

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In another statement by the JU former dean of Engineering, Mr. Manoj Mitra says, "It doesn't speak well of a board when such complaints arise. I must say that it is very difficult to avoid ambiguity in setting MCQ questions. Examiners must take extreme caution to ensure that questions are clear and so the answers”. He adds that setting an ambiguous question does more harm than giving an incorrect model answer. "I have not gone through the question paper. But I feel that the WBJEE authorities need to give the benefit of doubt to students for each of such ambiguous questions. Model answers, if found incorrect, can be corrected. Even it shows the examiners in poor light”. He further feels that the time-taken to bring out error-free model answer keys will not cause any further delay in declaration of results.

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Steps to analyze your performance

To self-assess your performance in the WBJEE 2016, you can follow the below steps:

  1. On the official website, click WBJEE Answer Keys.
  2. View/ Download the answer key corresponding to your booklet code. For example, is your question paper is Set A, then check WBJEE 2016 answer key Set A and so on.                                   
  3. Mark and then count number of correct and incorrect answers of all the different categories. They are as follows:
CategoryMarks for correct answerMarks for incorrect answer
11¼
22½
32*0

* The third category of questions may have more than one correct option. For partially correct response without any incorrect marking, apply the following formula:

Marks awarded = 2 X (no. of responses) / (total no. of correct responses)

  1. Calculate your score as per the marking scheme of paper and category.
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WBJEE 2016 Participating Colleges

Once a candidate clears the rigorous selection procedure, he proceeds to the counselling stage. Based upon his score and rank, the college is allotted to them. The list of some of the participating colleges is below:

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