The joint entrance exam (JEE-Advanced), the gateway to prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), will be conducted completely online from next year, to make logistics and evaluations easier. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of IITs in Chennai on Sunday, said a statement from IIT Madras.
"The Joint Admission Board (JAB) at its meeting held on Sunday decided that JEE (Advanced) will be conducted in online mode from 2018 onwards".
"The move will ensure greater transparency and avoid instances of paper leak too", a senior HRD ministry official was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying. Most students preferred to take the test in conventional mode.
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One of the suggestions discussed at the meeting was to consider evaluating the performance of the candidates not only by looking at the number of correct answers to the test questions, but also how they have approached the question to solve them.
The JAB will set up a committee in a week to work out the roadmap for transition from the pen-and-paper format for the annual entrance test, to online. "This will take into account the complexity level of the paper while setting the questions ranging from simple to hard", said a senior official. More than 1.5 lakh students took the JEE Advanced in 2017. This year, IITs had to award seven marks each to all candidates because of printing errors in the question paper.
"IITs will file an affidavit in the Supreme Court on changes they will adopt to reduce printing and other errors in question papers and also how they will deal with ambiguous questions in the future". Following this, IIT Madras had made a decision to award 18 bonus marks to all the students appearing in the examination, irrespective of whether they had attempted the questions.
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