West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination or WBJEE is a test controlled by the State Government regulated by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board for admissions in medical and engineering institutes of West Bengal. The candidates appearing for WBJEE should be from the stream of Pure Science (subjects containing Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology). WBJEE has two separate test for medical and engineering and the only difference is that the medical paper comes with the Biology paper while the engineering test has the Mathematics paper. Thousands of students from West Bengal appear for WBJEE and the numbers are increasing every year.
In 2016, WBJEE will be conducting in the month of May for admission to various under graduate engineering and medical colleges. Since 2012, the exam pattern has opted for a slight change. The examination consists of multiple choice questions with same weight age of marks given to each subject. Prior to MCQ pattern, the question paper was based on two marks short answer type question.
The year 2016 has enfolded another surprise to the candidates stating that there will be a different type of pattern in Biology question paper.Category-I comprises of 90 questions, carrying one mark each, for which only one option is correct. Category-II comprises of14 questions carrying two marks each, for which only one option is correct. Category-III contains 14 questions carrying two marks each, having one correct answer for each question.
The other subject papers that candidates need to appear has 80 MCQs divided into two sets. Negative marking is applicable. 30% of the total marks of a question will be deducted for every incorrect answer. Students of both West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education and the central Indian School Certificate board take the test, though it is dominated by the former.
The application form of WBJEE 2016 is available online, from 5 January 2016 to 29 February 2016. However, Candidates must check it before filling the application form. Only those candidates who fulfill eligibility criteria completely will be allowed to write WBJEE 2016. The criteria are stated below:
• Applicant must be 17 years old, as on 31 December 2016. There is no provision for the upper age limit.
• The candidate must be a citizen of India.
• The candidate must have passed 10+2 from a recognized institution with English, Physics and Mathematics as core subjects and Chemistry/ Biology/ Technical Vocational Subjects as optional subjects.
• Applicant must have secured at least 45% marks in qualifying exam (criteria for ST/ SC/ PwD/ OBC is 40%) and should have scored at least 30% marks in English.
For Marine Engineering, the terms are same with two more additional criteria: a) The applicant must have a subject combination of Physics, Math and Chemistry in the QE and b) It is required to pass individually in subjects – English, Physics, Math, Chemistry and Vernacular.
The reservation of seats will be deduced as per the policy of the Government of West Bengal. SC/ST/PwD/OBC of other states is not entitled to this provision.If the seats quota remains unfilled, applicants with loco motor disability will be granted to use this provision.