The Joint Admission Board (JAB) – Policy-making body on IIT admissions announced on 20th August 2017 , Sunday that the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) which students take for admission to the IITs – will go online from 2018.
Errors in this year’s question paper prompted the change . An online test will help prevent mistakes and also avert situations like those encountered last year, when the JAB — the apex body that conducts the exam, reportedly gave 18 bonus marks to candidates who took the JEE Advanced because of printing and translation errors in the question paper.
After the meeting on Sunday, JAB members said they were optimistic that the online version of the JEE Advanced will ensure that there is greater accuracy and transparency in the test. Candidates in 2018 are likely to continue to have the option of taking either the online or written version of the JEE (Mains) – the qualifying test for the JEE Advanced. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the qualifying test, which only 10% of all candidates chose to take online in 2017. More than 1.5 lakh students took the JEE Advanced in 2017. Officials had put the admission process on hold temporarily after a group of students pointed out mistakes in the question paper.
“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 said.
IIT-M director and JAB chairman Bhaskar Ramamurthi said printing costs would drop with the online version and the board would be able to declare results faster. Candidates now wait for nearly two months for the JEE Advanced results.
To ensure students do not face any problem in taking the test online, provision for three-day training will be made where they will be allowed to take mock tests and operate the system. Schools will also be advised to provide an opportunity to the students so that they can use the computers.
According to a senior official, a decision has also been taken to design the question paper scientifically. “This will take into account the complexity level of the paper while setting the questions ranging from simple to difficult,”