New Delhi: The JEE Advanced - mandatory IIT entrance exam will go completely online from next year, a member of the IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) said. The JAB, which is the policy-making body on IIT admissions, took the decision at a meeting in Chennai on Sunday.
"The Joint Admission Board (JAB) at its meeting held on Sunday 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", Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Chairman, Joint Admission Board (JAB) 2017, said while talking to media.
Students vying for admission to NITs, IITs and other centrally funded institutions need to clear the JEE Mains test to qualify for the JEE Advanced. The government had earlier introduced the option of taking the JEE Mains test online, and the JAB has now decided to extend it to the Advanced exam.
More than 13 lakh take the Mains test, with less than 10% of them going online. Of these, two lakh qualify for the Advanced test. Now, these students will have to take the test online.
“The move will ensure greater transparency and avoid instances of paper leak too,” said a senior official of the human resource development (HRD) ministry.
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.
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,” said a senior official.