The 2 stage Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) may undergo a massive revamp
if the Centre accepts recommendations of a highly powerful committee.
The Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP), headed by former IIT
Bombay director Ashok Misra, proposed starting an exam to test the innovative
thinking ability and aptitude of the students. The intent is to render the
coaching institutes futile in this direction.
The current two-stage format shall continue in 2016 and 2017. The
HRD ministry has made it clear that it shall seek all stakeholders' opinions
before it moves on to incorporate any of the panel's recommendations.
The committee proposed setting up of National Testing Service
(NTS) by early 2016, where in students can take online aptitude tests twice or
thrice a year. Based on the results of the test, about 4 lakh students shall be
shortlisted for writing the JEE, conducted by the IITs. Currently, the JEE
(Mains) is monitored by the CBSE, and the JEE (Advanced) by the IITs.
The proposed JEE shall be on the lines of advanced JEE, and shall
test the students on physics, chemistry and mathematics. Based on the exam,
40000 students shall then be ranked, and eventually selected for seats in IITs
and NITs, through common counseling.
The Misra committee has also recommended the IITs to develop a
robust system to conduct mock JEE, to push the students away from coaching
institutes. The Massive Open Online Platform can also be used for this purpose,
the panel said.
Also, the HRD Ministry has recommended to revamp the current
learning system (all boards) that prepares students with an aptitude for
science towards gaining good insights in major concepts, by the time they reach
class 12th. This shall eventually wean off their dependency on coaching
The current JEE format is being slightly modified for 2016. The
total intake to the JEE advanced stage shall be increased from 1.5 lakhs to 2
lakhs. Also, the weightage given to class 12 marks in JEE mains shall be
discontinued from JEE 2016.