The third meeting of Joint Admission Board 2017 (JAB 2017.3) was held at IIT Madras to review JEE (Advanced) 2017 and hand over to IIT Kanpur, the organizing institute for JEE (Advanced) 2018. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director of IIT Madras and was attended by Directors of other IITs, officials from MHRD and CBSE among others. It was also decided that JEE (Advanced) 2018 would be conducted online.
Here’s all you need to know about JEE (Advanced) examinations going online from the next academic year:
Gateway to admissions into IITs
Students take for Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) examinations for admission to the IITs and NITs across the country
Errors in 2017’s question paper behind the decision
Errors in this year’s question paper are said to have prompted the change. According to officials, an online test will help prevent mistakes and also avert situations like those encountered last year.
It is also expected to avert cases like last year when the JAB reportedly gave 18 bonus marks to candidates who took the JEE Advanced because of printing and translation errors in the question paper. JAB is the apex body that conducts these examinations. JAB members said that they are optimistic that an online system will help ensure better accuracy and transparency in the system.
Online version to make logistics easier, say experts
“The online version of the test will make logistics easier and the evaluation process more accurate. It will also take care of security issues because there will be no scope for question paper leaks,” a senior official with the human resource development (HRD) ministry told TOI.
Candidates in 2018 likely to have both the options
Candidates in 2018 are likely to be offered both the options — of taking either the online or written version of the JEE (Mains), which is the qualifying test for the JEE Advanced.
With test going online, results likely to come earlier
According to experts, the move to online version is likely to help cut printing costs. Also, they believe that this may help the board to declare results faster. Candidates now wait for nearly two months for the JEE Advanced results. IIT-M director and JAB chairman Bhaskar Ramamurthi told TOI, “Students were unable to correct their answers after bubbling the answers [fill in multiple-choice answers in the written test].” He added, “[With the online mode] they can go back and change answers if they want to.”
CBSE conducts qualifying tests
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the qualifying test. Some 10% of all candidates chose to take exams online in the year 2017. According to reports, some 13 lakh students took the JEE (Mains) this year. Of these, around 2.2 lakh students were eligible to write the JEE (Advanced).
Officials had put the admission process on hold temporarily after a group of students pointed out mistakes in the question paper. The Supreme Court heard a plea by the students in July and directed the JAB to award them bonus marks and submit an undertaking to the court that it would develop a suitable mechanism to ensure such errors don’t reoccur.
JAB members consider test reforms periodically but they were not sure that they could make enough computers available to conduct the exam for all the candidates at one go, an official said. However, now that more than two lakh students take many exams at one sitting, the JAB decided to go online, he said.