JEE (Main) 2023 Paper-I exam for Day 2 concluded at 6 pm on January 25, 2023. The students who appeared for the examination had to report to the exam centre at 1.30 pm and the exam started at 3 pm. Paper I difficulty level was moderate for Mathematics and easy for Physics, Chemistry.

Students were not allowed to carry anything inside examination hall except a transparent ball point Pen, Admit Card & Aadhar Card. All guidelines as released by NTA earlier were followed for safety of the exam takers. Every student was made to go through a sanitizing station where they had to sanitize themselves through a foot press lever.

**JEE Main Exam 2023: Paper Pattern**

There were total 90* questions and Total marks of JEE Main Paper-1 was 300. The paper had three parts & each part had two sections:

Part-I- Physics had total 30*questions – Sec-I had 20 Multiple choice questions with Single correct answers & Sec-II had 10 Numerical based questions out which only 5 had to be attempted. Marking scheme for multiple choice questions was +4 for correct response, -1 for incorrect response, 0 if not attempted. Marking scheme for numerical based questions was +4 for correct response, -1 for incorrect response and 0 in all other cases. Total marks of this section were 100.

Part-II- Chemistry had total 30*questions – Sec-I had 20 Multiple choice questions with Single correct answers & Sec-II had 10 Numerical based questions out which only 5 had to be attempted. Marking scheme for multiple choice questions was +4 for correct response, -1 for incorrect response, 0 if not attempted. Marking scheme for numerical based questions was +4 for correct response, -1 for incorrect response and 0 in all other cases. Total marks of this section were 100.

Part-III- Mathematics had total 30*questions – Sec-I had 20 Multiple choice questions with Single correct answers & Sec-II had 10 Numerical based questions out which only 5 had to be attempted. Marking scheme for multiple choice questions was +4 for correct response, -1 for incorrect response, 0 if not attempted. Marking scheme for numerical based questions was +4 for correct response, -1 for incorrect response and 0 in all other cases. Total marks of this section were 100.

Questions covered almost all chapters of Class XI & XII CBSE Board. Balanced Paper. The level of difficultly as per feedback from students on 25th January,2023 (Afternoon Session).

**JEE Main Exam 2023: Difficulty Level**

**Mathematics** – Moderate. Weightage was given to chapters of Calculus & Algebra. In Algebra- questions asked from Permutation & Combination, Progression & Series, Statistics, Complex Number, Binomial Theorem, Matrices, Determinants, Vectors & 3D Geometry. In Calculus – Limits & Continuity, Application of Derivatives, Area, Differential Equations, Definite Integral & Functions. In Co-ordinate Geometry questions asked from Straight Lines, Circles & Hyperbola. Few Numerical Based questions required lengthy calculations. This section was also Lengthy as per students.

**Physics** – Easy level. Questions asked from almost all chapters with few good questions from Gravitation, Rotational Motion, Work, Power & Energy, Wave Optics, Electrostatics, Modern Physics, Units & Dimensions, Semiconductors, Magnetism, Kinematics, Heat & Thermodynamics. Numerical based questions were easy. It was a balanced section.

**Chemistry** – Easy to Moderate level. Weightage was given to Inorganic & Organic Chemistry. In Physical Chemistry questions were asked from Electrochemistry, Ionic Equilibrium, Atomic Structure. Organic Chemistry had questions from Amines, Aldehyde & Ketones, Phenols, General Organic Chemistry. Inorganic Chemistry was mostly from NCERT. Overall, this section was Easy to Moderate.

In terms of order of Difficulty – Mathematics was Moderate , Chemistry was Easy to Moderate, Physics was reported Easy amongst the three subjects. Overall, this paper was of Moderate level as per students.

*(Author Ramesh Batlish is Head, FIITJEE Noida. Views expressed here are personal.)*