West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination(WBJEE) is a state-government controlled centralized test, conducted by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board for admission to many private and governmental medical and engineering institutions in West Bengal. The test is taken after the 12th grade for admission to graduation (also known as Bachelors) courses. The exam can be taken by those who studied Pure Science stream in plus two level with the specific subjects tested in the examination, which are Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology.
Every year approximately 300,000 people take the examination and it is increasing. 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. It's a prestigious test, and there are few students of science stream in West Bengal who don't take at least one of the two tests.
The WBJEE 2008 was Postponed Due To Paper Leak, after the Physics, Chemistry and Biology papers were leaked. Two persons, Arun Chowdhury and Mihir Dandapatt, were arrested on Saturday in West Midnapore's Ghatal, where the three papers were being sold for Rs 2.5 lacs.
WBJEE 2011 exam was postponed from 17 April 2011 to 22 May due to election date issues in West Bengal.
From 2012, the old pattern was Phased out and the WBJEE would consist of only MCQ questions which differs from the previous years by the fact that 2 Marks Short answers type questions are replaced by MCQ with the same weightage of marks.
Starting from 2012, all papers consist of 80 MCQ type question divided in two section. Section one consists of 60 MCQs of 1 marks each and Section two consists of the remaining 20 MCQs of 2 marks each. Negative marking is applicable. 30% of the total marks of a question will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
In 2016, WBJEE exam will be conducted on 17 May,2016 for admissions to various undergraduate engineering courses in West Bengal. There will be a different type of pattern in Biology question paper.
- Category-I consists of (Q.1 to Q.90) carrying one mark each, for which only one option is correct.
- Category-II consists of (Q.91 to Q.105) carrying two marks each, for which only one option is correct.
- Category-III consists of (Q.106 to Q.120) carrying two marks each, for which one or more than one option may be correct.
For the 2018–2019 academic session, WBJEE 2018 will be held on April 22, 2018.The Board will conduct the Common Entrance Examination for admission to Undergraduate Courses in Engineering & Technology, Pharmacy and Architecture in Universities, Govt. Colleges and Self Financed Institutes in the State.