Oxford University students answers IIT-JEE questions 100% right, gets abuses and threats from Indians

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IIT-JEE exams have always been known to be quite tough and cracking these tests have always earned the successful candidates the much-needed laurels and envy from peers.

Now, one student from University of Oxford hasn’t been that lucky even after he answered the IIT-JEE 100 percent right. Far from receiving any appreciation, Jack Fraser has alleged that some Indian students had subjected him for incessant abuse and harassment.

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Jack wrote, “It didn’t go down well. I was called a liar. Insults were thrown. One guy called me scum. I was told there was simply no way a simpleton like me could do well on this — it is simply the hardest exam to ever grace the face of this planet. This stuff was pretty mild — and Quora took care of the abuse well enough that I had no complaints. But then some people took the issue off Quora. They found my Facebook.”

He went on to write, “They found my family’s Facebook. My mother got some graphic pictures of male genitalia. My brother got sent threats. My Facebook profile picture was reported for ‘graphic indecency’ a few times, and I had a flood of abusive message appearing in my “Message Request” box. One guy sent me a picture of my (old) university accommodation, saying they knew where I lived*, and that he was going to “shiv” me. ”

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A third year physics student, Fraser took the challenge of answering IIT-JEE questions after someone tagged him on Quora.

Here’s the full account of Jack’s horrific experience.

 

“This was a particularly unpleasant thing that happened to me a few weeks back. Someone asked a question in the topic Jack Fraser (Quora user), which went something along the lines of “Can Jack Fraser solve the JEE paper?”

(For those of you who don’t know, the JEE is an Indian physical sciences admissions paper for their universities – some people take it really seriously, a fact I didn’t know at the time!)I thought it would be a laugh to sit down and do the paper, and see how I did. There were two papers, about 80 multiple choice questions each.

Now.

This is where I made my mistake. I told them how I breezed through it. I did it in about a third of the allowed time, and with 100% correct answers.

BIG mistake.

Now, first of all I think I need to make some qualifications: 
I am a third year physics student. This is a high school-level paper, taken by ~17 year olds who haven’t spent 3 years at university studying physics. I have been sitting physics exams every year for nigh-on 7 years now. Multiple choice makes exams immeasurably easier. As I explained in this answer here, it thus comes as no surprise that I found a test designed for people much less educated in physics than me pretty easy.

It’s nothing special – nobody is surprised when a 6 year old can walk, and a baby can’t. It would be significantly more worrying if £27,000 being spent on 3 years at one of the best universities on this planet didn’t prepare me to ace an admissions test for another university! Now – I explained all of this in my answer, in painstaking detail.

It didn’t go down well. I was called a liar. Insults were thrown. One guy called me scum. I was told there was simply no way a simpleton like me could do well on this — it is simply the hardest exam to ever grace the face of this planet. This stuff was pretty mild — and Quora took care of the abuse well enough that I had no complaints. But then some people took the issue off Quora. They found my Facebook.

They found my family’s Facebook. My mother got some graphic pictures of male genitalia. My brother got sent threats. My Facebook profile picture was reported for ‘graphic indecency’ a few times, and I had a flood of abusive message appearing in my “Message Request” box. One guy sent me a picture of my (old) university accommodation, saying they knew where I lived*, and that he was going to “shiv” me. It was really rather traumatic. I deleted the answer, and a few days later the entire question was deleted by Moderation. I don’t know if it was one guy using dozens of accounts (they were all fake profiles), or a cabal of several people, but eventually it petered out.

Facebook (slowly) dealt with it, and the stuff went away. My Mum still refers to it as “The time that guy had such low self esteem that he considered me seeing his penis to be the worst insult imaginable”.

So it’s not so much that the response was on Quora — indeed, the problem was that it escalated beyond the bounds of Quora. I’m not going to answer any more questions about the JEE. It seems like it’s a bit too touchy a subject! This would have been more threatening if it wasn’t the top result when you google trinity college oxford. And if I still lived there, which I don’t.”

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  1. Can’t believe that there are trolls everywhere. Even in education scene! This kind of churlish response speaks volumes of our “intolerance” in all walks of life bringing disrepute to us as Indians who simply don’t have the grace to recognize other human being’s capabilities. And that we have to make a scene to drive home our point of view and accuse and abuse the other. That too on a scholastic plus two level test in this case. This false sense of triumphalism in every sphere will only show us in poor light to the world.

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