From the next year, the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) will be conducted by the IITs in online mode only. The decision to shift the exam from pen-paper mode to online mode was taken by the Joint Admission Board (JAB) on Sunday, in a meeting in Chennai.
IIT fraternity feels that the move to make the IIT advanced exam online will help in ensuring quicker evaluation and will also reduce the chances of leaks. This year, IITs awarded grace to the students as there were printing errors in the question paper which later sparked a great controversy.
IIT Madras director, Bhaskar Ramamurthi said "the move will also prevent such errors".
The committee regarding the same will be set up by JAB in a week, which will work-out the road map for the transition to be successful.
Another committee which was set up by the IITs to propose the ways of reducing the errors also presented its recommendations in the Sunday meeting, including a suggestion that the marks be awarded to the candidates for attempting a question, even if the answer is not right. As of now, candidates are given marks only if the answer is correct.
“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. All the suggestions of the committee will be part of the affidavit,” a government official said on the condition of anonymity.
“We are trying to change with the times. Today many entrance examinations are already being conducted online. JEE (Advanced) is probably among the last few national-level tests that is still a pen-and paper test,” said a member of the JAB who attended Sundayʼs meeting.