OJEE to do away with negative marking system

Bhubaneswar: This is certainly something to rejoice for the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) aspirants. OJEE is going ahead to conduct the test dropping negative marking system from session 2013-14 for which examination will be held on May 12.

“Seats in almost all private engineering colleges across state are lying vacant. More so, students who secure negative marks in OJEE are also getting admission into engineering colleges in the disciplines they wish, which is not solving the purpose of the system. So we have decided to go ahead without negative marking system from this season,” said CS Kumar, Secretary, Technical Education and Training.

According to educationists, the negative marking system was introduced to encourage aspirants to attend maximum number of questions in the test leaving doubtful ones, which may incur negative mark if go wrong.

"But it is pity that due to faulty counselling system students with negative marks are taking admission into engineering colleges," said Sitakanta Tripathy, an educationist.
"In stead of withdrawing the negative marking system, steps must be taken to bring some kind of reformation in the counselling system," added Tripathy.

Manjubala Parida, a professor in North Odisha University also echoed a similar voice.

"There are many elite institutes in the country which are conducting entrance tests with minus marking system. Why can't OJEE do this? Couselling system must be redesigned to include the minus marking system which is truly beneficial for the aspirants" said Parida.

On last July 18 we ran a story that rank cards for session 2012-13 were sent to as many as 63,000 eligible students, out of which nearly 25,000 students secured 0-10% marks in OJEE. Similarly 22,000 students had got 10-20% marks in the entrance examination while 8,400 students secured 20-30% marks.

According to records, in the last academic session, 611 students were given negative marks in the entrance test. The most surprising fact is that students securing -57 marks had also been declared eligible for an engineering seat.

Notably, from the coming academic session students will apply for OJEE only through on-line mode. Both admit card and rank card will also be available online.

Commenting on the development Odisha Private Engineering Colleges' Association secretary Binod Das however said that students must be allowed to apply through both online and offline for OJEE.