Engineering stream of Eamcet-2011 went the IIT-JEE way with the questions demanding an in-depth understanding of the subjects. Much like the pattern followed by IIT paper setters, most questions were numeric and problem-based rather than theory-based. Eamcet-2011 was held on Sunday across the state with 2,70,022 students appearing for the engineering exam while 65,315 appeared for the medical stream.
Experts said students who took training to crack IIT-Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) would have a clear edge over others. According to them, the MPC (engineering stream) paper proved to be a challenging one even for top ranking students. "Students expect mostly straight forward and theory-based questions in Eamcet. But this year, the paper setters brought in an element of surprise with questions that demanded high IQ levels to solve. After being put through an IIT paper that was full of errors, Eamcet engineering stream paper came as a whiff of fresh air," said A Krishna Kumar, IIT and Eamcet expert, Narayana Group of Institutions. While in previous Eamcets the top rankers used to score 100 per cent marks, this year it would be difficult to achieve this, he said. Among the three subjects for the engineering stream, Physics was tough, many students said.
In contrast, the BPC (medical stream) followed the old pattern with questions to check the rote learning ability of the student. "Botany section was quite lengthy and students would have spent over one hour to solve just this part," said Jaganmohan Rao, Eamcet medical stream expert, Narayana Group of Institutions. The medical paper was set to judge the time management ability of the students, officials said.
As per the initial analysis, experts said not many questions were found to be ambiguous. Nevertheless, in the medical stream, Question No. 105 (Code C) confused students as the answer could not be derived at. While the answer for this question was supposed to be 25,000 calories, the options given were different, they said. Similarly, the options given in Question no 91 (Code B) of Physics did not have the correct answer. Question No. 57 of the same code seemed to have multiple answers (both options three and four). "In the engineering stream, Question No. 89 (Code D) in Physics section was found to be ambiguous as variables given were not defined well," said K V Raghunath, an Eamcet expert.
Eamcet authorities, however, stated that both the question papers were without any errors.
M V Ramana Rao, convener, Eamcet-2011 said that initial question paper key for the examination will be released on May 25 and final key and Eamcet results will be announced before June 10. D N Reddy, chairman, Eamcet stated that Eamcet ranks will be announced by July 2. Councelling will start on July 15.