IIT JEE 2009

Sunday, 12th April 2009 – a day that was marked out on the calendar of close to 4 lakh students across India. This was the day when the IIT-JEE, the most keenly contested Engineering Entrance Examination in the world was conducted across the length and breadth of India and even in select centres abroad.

Our IIT-JEE faculty-members interacted with students at different venues across India on 12th April 2009 – from the various centres in New Delhi like the Modern School, Connaught Place and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Andrews Ganj to centres like Govt. Women’s College and University College down south in Trivandrum. We spoke to students and parents before the students went in when the gates were opened at 08:30 am for the first Paper, to understand what their preparedness was. We interacted with them after they came out of the venues after Paper 1 at 12:00 noon and after Paper II at 5pm. We present here the collective learning we have gathered from across the country from the students’ perspective.

While our faculty-members were present at the venues from 07:30 am onwards giving company to some of the over-anxious, extra-careful set of students and parents who had arrived “too early”, we also witnessed parents dropping off students at 09:05 am. We had cautioned our students about arriving late and the psychological impact that would have on their performance. Surprisingly the students who arrived late at some of the venues were residents within city limits who had either taken the examination lightly or underestimated the traffic.


Paper 1 did not throw up any “surprise” to a well-prepared student. The four different patterns of questions – Straight objective type, Multiple Correct Answer type, Matrix Match type and Linked Comprehension type were all patterns they were familiar with. The only “surprise element” was that there were five options to deal with in the Matrix Match type. To be fair to the increased complexity, the paper awarded two marks for every correct “row” and a total of eight marks for an entire question. However well-prepared students should have got solutions for most of the problems.

The total marks in Paper 1 of 2008 were 246 from 69 questions. This year, the total marks in Paper 1 were 240 from 60 questions. Comparing the reactions of the students in 2008 and 2009, we felt that Paper 1 was a trifle more challenging than the corresponding Paper in 2008. However well-prepared students should have got solutions for most of the problems.

Paper 2 of IIT-JEE 2009 was the real “surprise element” since everybody was looking for one. With only 19 questions per paper, depth of knowledge is the key for arriving at the correct solution.

Of the 19 questions per subject, 8 questions per subject were devoted to what the students call “numerical problems” or “descriptive problems”. These questions required students to work out the numerical answer to a problem and enter the same into a grid. Essentially, the students were required to darken four bubbles to get one correct answer. In our opinion, the surprise element, since everybody was looking for one, was only in the weightage given to this pattern of question. This pattern had appeared in IIT-JEE earlier. With 96 marks out of the possible 240 in Paper 2, no doubt this was the section to crack in Paper 2.

We present the full analysis and solutions/key of Paper 1 and Paper 2. The solutions are prepared by experts with wealth of experience in IIT JEE teaching.

Also we wish you the very best in all other engineering entrance examinations like AIEEE, BITSAT etc.

Faculty Team,
IIT-JEE Coaching,

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