JEE-A to go online from 2018

IIT joint admission board (JAB) announced that the joint entrance examination (advanced), the entrance exam which students take for admission on IITs will go online from next year. As per the official’s errors encountered in this year’s question paper is the trigger for the change.

An online entrance test will help prevent mistakes and avoid situations like this year, when JAB conducted the exam, gave 18 bonus marks to those candidates who took the JEE Advanced exam because of the printing and translation errors encountered in the question paper.

JAB members after attending a meeting on Sunday said that the online version of JEE advanced will be more accurate and transparent. From next year candidates are likely to have the option of taking the JEE(mains) either online or written, which is the qualifying test for JEE Advanced, in 2017 only 10% of all candidates choose to take online qualifying test conducted by CBSE and more than 1.5 lakh students took JEE Advanced in 2017. But officials had to stop the admission process temporarily due to mistakes in question papers pointed out by a group of students.

After hearing a plea by the students in July, The Supreme court ordered JAB to award them bonus marks and submit an undertaking to the court that it would implement a suitable mechanism to ensure no such errors occur in future

According to a senior official from the human resource development ministry “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”. 

Dr. Bhaskar Ramamurthy the IIT-M director and JAB chairman pointed that the online version of exam help decreases the costs of printing and the board would be able to declare results faster. In written exams, it takes two months for JEE Advanced results. “Students were unable to correct their answers after bubbling the answers but with the online exam they can go back and change answers if needed,” Ramamurthy said. Test reforms are periodically considered by the JAB members but they are unsure that they could make enough computers available for the exam for all candidates at once, however now that more than two lakh students take many exams at one sitting, the JAB decided to go online an official said.

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