statesman news service
KOLKATA, 31 MAY: Over one lakh candidates who appeared in this year’s state Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) would be able to check their OMR sheets in the Board’s website (www.wbjeeb.in) within this week, though the result is likely to be declared on 8 June.
This is to minimise the error of data capturing software, if any, said Professor Bhaskar Gupta, chairman of West Bengal Joint Entrance Board. If the candidates find any difference between what he had answered and what the software captured, they would have to apply to the authorities from 3 June to 5 June with a fee of Rs 500. The payment should be made through bank.
"If there is really any error on our part, we would refund the money. If we had offered the service for free, we would have flooded with baseless complaints," added an official of the Board. In OMR (Optical Mark Reading) sheets, candidates are supposed to fill up the correct circle for every question. The sheet is then scanned and a data capturing software captures the answers. "An error may occur if the identified circle is not very clear. We manually check such cases. But, still we are providing the candidates with this option so that they do not have any complaints later," said the official.
Meanwhile, the board has already published the answer keys in their website inviting feedback from students, teachers and experts.
Initially the board had decided to publish the result within May. But as it will have to wait for all India JEE ranks to be declared, to start with its own counselling process, the board decided to postpone it to June.
Even if the results are out on 8 June, the counselling process would not start till the all India ranks are declared. The board would also have to wait for the panchayat polls to get over because government offices serve as information centres during the counselling process, though it is primarily done online. "Candidates may give their choice, but the final seat allotment is likely to take place after 15 July. However, the process will be completed within 31 July," said the chairman.