Deletion of topics from physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology, which are also part of the syllabus for JEE and NEET-UG, make paper-setting for the entrance tests of 2021 a tricky affair. The National Testing Agency on Thursday consulted subject experts and plans to place the matter before Joint Admission Board.
The IITs, which conduct JEE (Advanced), will also put it up for review by its committee and paper setters to assess the effect.
The CBSE on Tuesday announced its revised syllabus for the 2020-21 academic session due to Covid-19 outbreak where key topics like laws of motion, optics, communication system and electronic devices in physics; 3D geometry, continuity and differentiability, binomial theorem in mathematics; some P-block elements, environmental chemistry, polymers, general principles and processes of isolation of elements in chemistry; and human physiology and reproduction, among others, in biology were dropped.
According to NTA sources, the agency placed the revised syllabus of the CBSE before its subject expert committee on Thursday. The experts observed that since the biggest chunk of candidates for the medical and engineering entrance tests comes from the CBSE, it will have to significantly change the question papers.
An NTA official said, “When we plotted our syllabus with that of the revised CBSE syllabus, there is a huge difference. Though senior secondary students start preparing for the exams much early, one can’t ignore the changes in the syllabus.”
A member of the subject expert committee said the revised syllabus has placed NTA and IITs in a tricky situation as many education Boards would continue with the same full syllabus. “It is bound to create a lot of confusion,” said the teacher. When contacted, NTA director general Vineet Joshi said: “We will take it to JAB which is the authority on these matters.”
The IITs too would be looking at the changes as it conducts the JEE (Advanced). IIT-Delhi director V Ramgopal Rao said: “We have to look at the content and changes and put it before the committee and paper setters who need to be aware of the fact that certain parts are no longer part of the syllabus and we need to discuss it now.”
However, JEE (Main), NEET-UG and JEE (Advanced), scheduled for September 2020, will not be impacted as they are based on the old syllabus.