Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 12:
After doing away with the negative marking system in the evaluation of answer sheets of Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) since 2013, the state government has decided to implement the earlier practice from this year.
With the implementation of negative marking system, the OJEE authorities expect to give justice to the meritorious students. As per the new marking system, one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
The government had decided to do away with negative marks and had introduced percentile system along with awarding of ranks for OJEE since 2013.
“As per the evaluation process, marks are not awarded on the basis of wild guessing. If we are not implementing negative marking system, then candidates are getting marks due to guesswork as a result of which ranking of meritorious students is affected. The negative marking system tests the efficiency, knowledge and speed of the student. It will be a complete justice to all the students who are appearing the entrance test,” OJEE Chairman, Tushar Kant Nath said.
According to sources, around 42, 000 candidates have applied for the OJEE-2016 to be held on May 8.
This year, there will be multiple choice type questions. The number of questions will be sixty (60) per each hour of examination. Each question shall have four answers (including one correct answer) and the examinee shall have to blacken only the appropriate circle/oval (which he/she considers most correct) in black/blue ball point pen. Each correct answer shall fetch four marks. Each unattempted question will fetch zero. One mark will be deducted for wrong answer. If more than one circle is darkened for one question, it will be treated as an incorrect answer. Blank answer OMR sheet without being darkened in any one of the answer circles will summarily be rejected. No rank will be awarded to such applicants submitting blank answer OMR sheet, sources said.
The OJEE-2016 will be held for admissions to all professional courses in the state other than Engineering and MBBS.
Students desirous of seeking admissions to MBA, MCA, M Tech, M Pharma, B Pharma, Lateral Entry Engineering, BAMS and BHMS will be required to appear the examination, OJEE authorities reiterated today.
Admissions to these courses in both government and privately-run colleges will be made on the basis of rank obtained in OJEE-2016.