Cracking WBJEE Question Papers

When it comes to the straightforward idea of ‘merely’ cracking an exam, things get a bit astray from the pathway of attaining true knowledge. Well, to put it the right way, knowledge still holds the upper hand and you might win yourself a great rank while using knowledge as your only weapon. But who does not want a bit of preparation and insight into what might come across your way?

Every exam is unique in its own way and the secret of cracking any exam requires a little more than just knowledge. And hence cracking an exam becomes much easier if one can study the designs and patterns unique to that particular exam. Today, we tell you all the secrets of cracking the WBJEE question papers with decent examples and tricks.

Cracking the WBJEE Question Papers

There are a lot of us who actually prepare for the national level exams like the JEE Main and Advanced, but at the same time we also appear for the state-level and other exams like the entrances for KIIT, VIT and BITSAT. And we write these exams based on the preparation which we had for the JEE Main and Advanced. The preparations for the JEE Advanced undoubtedly gives you a upper hand in the latter category of exams, thereby making you confident about yourself. However, you would still not like to miss your chances here as well. Furthermore, I believe that if you are appearing for an exam at all, you should have through preparations and a decent idea about it.

WBJEE is such a state-level engineering entrance examination which assures entry to the engineering colleges in the state of West Bengal. While previously it also assured the entry to the medical colleges in the state, but this is currently under debate. Cracking the WBJEE question papers is relatively easier than cracking the question papers of Mains or Advanced, and here are a few tips which might help you to sail through the WBJEE question papers smartly.

Please note that the pattern of the question papers in WBJEE is subjected to change every year. It is also witnessed that the marking scheme and the types of questions asked in the exam vary every year as well. The students should remain updated about the marking scheme as well as the types of questions expected through the official website.

Pattern of Questions & Mode of Answering

Pattern of Questions

Questions will come from the prescribed syllabus for WBJEE-2016. In every subject, all questions will be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ-type), with four options against each of the questions, and the answer(s) to each of the question shall be marked on the OMR sheet given.

The questions will be of three categories, divided as per following table:

Subject Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Total number of MCQs Total Marks
Mathematics 50 X 1 mark each 15 X 2 mark each 10 X 2 mark each 75 100
Biological Sciences 80 X 1 mark each 25 X 2 mark each 10 X 2 mark each 115 150
Physics 30 X 1 mark each 5 X 2 mark each 5 X 2 mark each 40 50
Chemistry 30 X 1 mark each 5 X 2 mark each 5 X 2 mark each 40 50

Time allotted for each paper is two hours.

Marking Scheme and Time Allotted

While answering the MCQs in the WBJEE Question Papers, the following points have to be strictly kept in mind:

  1. Category 1-
    a. Only one option is correct, correct response will yield 1 (one) mark.
    b. For each incorrect response, 25% of full mark (1/4) would be deducted and
    c. For more than one answer indicated against a particular question in the OMR sheet; the said answer will be treated as incorrect response/answer. Marks will be deducted on the basis of rule enumerated in Clause (b) above.
  2. Category 2-
    a. Only one option is correct, correct response will yield 2 (two) marks.
    b. For each incorrect response, 25% of full mark (1/2) would be deducted and
    c. For more than one answer indicated against a particular question in the OMR sheet; the said answer will be treated as incorrect response/answer. Marks will be deducted on the basis of rule enumerated in Clause (b) above.
  3. Category 3-
    a. More than one option may be correct and marking of only all correct options will yield 2 (two) marks.
    b. For any combination of answers containing one or more incorrect responses, net mark awarded will be zero (0) and
    c. For partial correct response without any incorrect marking:

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

Mode of Answering

All questions will have to be answered on a specially designed machine readable answer sheets (OMR Answer Sheet). The answers are to be marked (bubbled) using Blue/Black Ball Point Pen only on the ‘OMR Answer Sheets’ provided. It is to be noted carefully that the candidates must fill in as well as ‘bubble in’ all the relevant information including the “Question Booklet No.” at the indicated places on both the OMR Answer Sheet and Attendance Sheet respectively during the examination.

Syllabus and Mock Tests

One must also be aware of the syllabus. The syllabus of this examination is slightly different from the syllabus of other Indian exams. One can get the official syllabus for this exam from the website of WBJEE. It is advisable to study the extra uncommon topics, as questions asked from these topics are relatively easy and hence fetch marks easily.

A great help in cracking this exam is found by solving the previous year’s WBJEE question papers. Although the questions are not repeated, but one can get a deep understanding about the sort of questions which should be expected in the exam.

Additionally, you will see that the Maths paper is relatively tougher than the papers of Physics and Chemistry, and obviously carries double the marks allotted for Physics and Chemistry respectively. You will notice that the questions are short and do not involve much calculation. However, they might be tricky. You will also find that there are a few topics from where question would be coming surely. One question each from Nomenclature of Compounds, Stereochemistry and Radioactivity respectively, is found every year. Similarly, one formula based Integration and one or two questions from Modern Physics is also a regular repeat every year. Therefore, if your sole target is cracking the WBJEE, please take care to solve the previous year papers of last ten years along with a few Mains and Advanced papers. However, if WBJEE is your secondary target, solving the papers of last 5 years will be enough, assuming that you would have solved the Mains and Advanced papers thoroughly.

Some Final Tips for the Exam

During the examination, you are very likely to face shortage of time and your goal must be to extract maximum marks out of that time. Hence while solving the Maths paper in the examination hall, crack the easy questions first. Be sure to solve more than one option correct in a question as they do not impose any negative marking and part marking is done. These questions are sure to fetch a lot of marks in a short period of time. Same applies for the papers of Physics and Chemistry. It is advisable to solve the Chemistry section first. There are a lot of theory questions in Physics which do not involve calculation. Try to have a strong background for Physics and Chemistry as the questions are easy and you might even be able to answer 100%.

Also, have a look at the exam pattern before the exam and study it well.

All the very best!

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