The Joint Admission Board (JAB) has decided that the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced, conducted to provide admission to the premier engineering colleges in India, will go online completely from the coming year that is 2018. The decision was made in a meeting conducted at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras on Sunday, the 20th of August.
Confirming the news, Bhaskar Ramamurthi, the Chairman of Joint Admission Board (JAB) and Director at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras said, “The Apex Body for conduct of JEE Advanced, at its meeting today (20.8.2017), has decided that JEE (Advanced) will be conducted in online mode from 2018 onwards. Further information regarding the examination will be provided by the JAB in due course.”
Talking about the same, a member of JAB committee, “This was already being debated over last many years. It is good that it would start from next year”.
Around 2 lakh students were eligible to appear for JEE Advanced in the year 2016 and the number increased to 2.2 lakh this year. The number was 1.5 lakh in the year 2015. This increase is because of the increase in IIT seats.
Until now the candidates had a choice to select between the pen and paper and the online mode while giving JEE Advanced and most of the students preferred the former mode of giving the examination. However, the test will only be conducted in the online mode moving forward. To ensure that the students do not face any issue in taking the test online, special three day training program will be conducted wherein the students will be taught how to operate the system by way of giving a mock test.
“This move will ensure greater transparency and avoid instances of paper leak too”, said a senior HRD ministry official.
In case you aren’t aware, IIT JEE (Advanced) is the second level JEE paper held to select students for engineering, architecture, pharmaceutical and science courses in some of the top engineering institutes in the country. These include the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Science (IIS), Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT) and Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs). The level one exam is JEE Mains which provides admission to the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information technology (IIITs) and Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs). Clearing JEE Mains does not only open your gates to the aforementioned institutes but also makes you eligible for JEE Advanced.
We hope the changes made work in the favor of the students as well as the management.