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IIT JEE 2011

By on Apr 14, 2011 in On A Whim | 7 comments

For the hordes hitting my server these days coming from search engines: download IIT JEE 2011 analysis here, download JEE 2011 paper 1 solution here, download JEE 2011 paper 2 solution here. All from the good folks at Career Launcher. I hear that this year they will be releasing official solutions too online (albeit belatedly) and that scanned OMR sheets will be put up online too. Reading up about news around the IITJEE 2011, I came across this piece where the ‘Super 30 guy‘ praised the changes being brought about this time…and then makes a curious statement saying he made an appeal to “reduce the number of conceptual and analytical questions” to make coaching institutes less of a deciding factor. I thought the whole point of such questions was to take the emphasis away from mechanical ‘solving numericals’ that used to happen earlier. Why is such a supposedly prominent educationist (he probably deserves that title by now) saying something so counter-intuitive? Could it be that there’s a disconnect here again between rural and urban India? The private-school-going middle class students want analytical questions, whereas students from rural areas might want more numerical questions as it involves, to put it in a way, less parsing of English language to understand and attempt a question. **** Feel so out of touch with what’s going on in India these days. First, “Who’s this Anna chick, then?” and now I find out from one my Code Warrior juniors that the IIT JEE was conducted last weekend – and I had no idea! To be honest, ever since I’ve come to Singapore I have given up any pretence of trying to stay on top of national news. If you think about it, I need to be following national news for India, UK, and Singapore as all three directly affect me; I just don’t have the patience any more to do so. (There used to be a time when I read two newspapers daily, cover-to-cover.) It was ever thus: a world divided into those with the mental capacity and attention span required to read and digest the day’s news, and to understand the importance of doing so — and  the perpetual children: the proud morons who say things like “I’m not interested in politics” (despite being mortgaged to the hilt) or ask “why should I care about stuff happening in countries thousands of miles away?” (despite those being the countries that own all the debt). – War, What Is It Good For? Three Points! And now, I belong to the latter group. One of them, one of them, gooble gobble gooble...

Download AIEEE 2009 Solutions

By on Apr 26, 2009 in On A Whim | 67 comments

Download AIEEE 2009 solutions here. These are courtesy Career Launcher’s ARC programme. AIEEE 2009 Analysis (PDF, ~87 KB): Analysis of AIEEE, including comparisons to AIEEE 2008. AIEEE 2009 Solutions (PDF, ~53 KB): Answer key to Set A of AIEEE 2009 paper. (This list will be updated in case Career Launcher puts up more documents related to AIEEE 2009.)

Download IIT JEE 2009 Solutions

By on Apr 12, 2009 in Stop The Press | 15 comments

The IIT Joint Entrance Exam 2009 was held today, with around 3.6 lakh aspirants giving the exam. Seems that the number of students fighting per seat has gone down, but that is expected with the a number of new IITs starting up. There are more seats now in the IITs, although not significantly higher. Government’s decision to give more reservations seems to be ‘paying off’ – with around 40% candidates for IITJEE 2009 from the reserved category. You can download solutions for IIT JEE 2009 by clicking the links below. These solutions / analysis have been provided by Career Launcher’s ARC programme. IIT JEE 2009 Analysis (PDF, ~116 KB) – An executive summary of format changes and expected cutoffs for IITJEE 2009. IIT JEE 2009 Question Papers along with Answer List (ZIP file containing PDFs, ~3.2 MB) – JEE ’09 question paper with the answering key. In case you want only the answer key for individuals papers, click the following links to download IIT JEE 2009 Paper 1 Answer Key and download IITJEE 2009 Paper 2 Answer Key (both PDF files less than 100 KB in size. In a bit of shocking news, it has come to light that there were errors in the IIT JEE 2008 paper which might have cost candidates up to 18 points! This was discovered after Professor KD Joshi went through the JEE 2008 paper and the model solutions posted by IIT online. While this may not affect everyone, for those aiming for top ranks it might have made a signifcant difference in their eventual ranking. What is even more surprising that errors actually slipped though an exam of the level of JEE. While looking up for the JEE ’09 solutions, I went to the Career Launcher website. I knew about their logo redesign, but they also seem to be taking many steps to ‘modernize’ themselves (this from a company which is already pretty cutting edge when it comes to the use of technology in the classroom) and harness social media including an active YouTube channel for Career Launcher. Career Launcher has a blog for engineering aspirants too – kinda dormant though. It’s good that at least some companies in the education field in India are making efforts to make studies more engaging and interactive for students. Wishing all exam aspirants luck with their IITJEE result and forthcoming...

Check Your DCE / NSIT CEE 2008 Results Here

By on Jun 17, 2008 in On A Whim | 7 comments

Update: You no longer have to download the whole list to view your result any more. You can check them out online on the DCE website. (Thanks to Tikna for the update) The DCE / NSIT CEE 2008 results have been put up on the Delhi University website, but they haven’t really taken the care to draw any attention to it. You’ll need to scroll down on that page a bit. Or simply click here to download the result list for DCE / NSIT CEE 2008. It’s a PDF file (approximately 1.04 MB in size – still, a smaller download than viewing the text file on the DU website), so in case you haven’t got a PDF reader handy, you can download the very small and handy Sumatra PDF viewer from this page. Oh, and the file I’ve put up is only for the general category students; others can download their category’s result files from the DU site (link given at the beginning of this paragraph). The funny thing is, that instead of going the general way – creating a database and then allowing individuals to check their result – they simply took the easy way out and put up a text document containing everyone’s result online. Seems like a text document fresh from sorting from their guys at scanning – haven’t seen PRT files being used for formatted text. A really dumb way to distribute the results too, because if they really want to handle the load of loads of people checking the results the more sensible way would have been using databases. Then again, maybe they don’t have that capability on their host. Another interesting thing. The official DCE website is apparently maintained by students. I’d have expected the site to be a bit better looking and more updated than THAT – the site has hardly any information about CEE 2008! Surely the sort of people who can make can make a better ‘official’ site. Maybe it’s not the same...

DCE CEE 2008 Results To Be Declared Tomorrow

By on Jun 16, 2008 in On A Whim | 8 comments

DCE / NSIT CEE 2008 results will be coming out tomorrow…most probably. Apparently, the results have already been put up on the DCE campus, because a friend of mine who’d given the exam knows someone who studies there, and got to know his result today. Since the list is up today at the campus, I expect that the CEE 2008 results will be available tomorrow (17th June 2008) online, on the DCE website. That’s not a big assumption, because their page on Important Dates for CEE 2008 says that sale of admission forms will start on 18th June 2008. Not expecting anything tomorrow. Wishing luck to everyone else who gave the exam. Update: The DCE / NSIT CEE 2008 results are out online! Click here to know more about...