JEE-Advanced Paper Analysis : Paper 1

JEE-Advanced is finally over. I bet all the students must be heaving a huge sigh of relief. Finally, the toughest of all exams is over. Now is the time to enjoy the vacations, party and have fun. A much needed break awaits those of you who gave today’s JEE-Advanced paper.

We saw a unique marking scheme this year in Paper 1 – A conglomerate of the marking schemes of 2015 and 2016 JEE-Advanced Papers i.e +4/-2 with partial marks. Definitely a tough scheme by any standards. The partial marks do more harm than good, as they provide a fall sense of security to the student. 

Also, we did see Integer type questions with no negative marking. This is definitely a very relaxed marking scheme and should boost scores for everyone. The matrices were definitely innovative and frankly speaking, a great way to test the students.

So, now let’s get down to analysing the level of the paper, subject wise.


Definitely an easy paper, going by JEE-Advanced standards. In fact, I found out that the paper had many questions which were of a similar tune to the questions found in the study material of various national coaching institutes. That being said, I expect this to be a factor which would have made this an extremely scoring section of the paper for serious students who were taking coaching in any form, classroom or correspondence courses. On a scale of 10, with 10 being insanely tough, I would rate the Physics portion as 6 (a very normal level paper)


Once again, Chemistry this year is relatively easy. As has been the trend from time immemorial in JEE, Chemistry papers are usually set easy. Maybe this is done to counter the effect of the ambiguity of answers in Organic Chemistry. However, the core dominance of single correct/integer type questions does make it an easy section. Theoretical knowledge was demanded of by the students, and the questions were not very innovative, I daresay. On a scale of 10, with 10 being insanely tough, I would rate the Chemistry portion as 5 (a very normal level paper)


The subject that made so many students cringe in JEE-Main fared poorly in terms of difficulty in the first paper of JEE-Advanced this year. Although not very easy by any standard, it certainly wasn’t very tough. Questions on chapters like complex numbers and integration were few. I was expecting more than this from JEE. Also, I have seen that JEE tends to make a tougher Paper 1 so as to frighten kids at times. However, this doesn’t seem to be the intent this year. Overall, On a scale of 10, with 10 being insanely tough, I would rate the Maths portion as 6 (a very normal level paper). Questions were straightforward, and could be solved if you had enough practice.

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