Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced, the entrance test for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will be conducted in online mode from 2018. As per a report by The Indian Express, JEE Advanced 2018 will be conducted by IIT Kanpur, while in the year 2019, the national level engineering entrance test will be held by IIT Roorkee. However, official confirmation on which IITs will conduct the test for 2018 and 2019 is awaited. The decision of conducting the test in online mode has been taken recently in Joint Admission Board (JAB) meeting held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras on August 20.
JEE Advanced 2018 Online Test & Short Answer Type Question Format would be Beneficial
JAB said, that this online test will be helpful to prevent mistake and also avoid situations like printing and translation errors in the question paper. The new format of question will give the access to the keyboard to the candidates, so they can deliver correct answers through calculation if required.
JAB Members Opinion on JEE Advance 2018 Modification
JAB members said that the logistics and evaluations procedure will get easier through the decision of online examination. This concept was discussed for many years but never turns in reality because this concept requires an adequate infrastructure to conduct the exam online. They also said that earlier candidates can guess the answer if they don’t know the right one but such opportunity will be limited after this decision. Concept-based questions will increase. The question pattern is set to change, the official explained.
The online mode and Short Answer Question Format will be applicable in JEE (Advanced) 2018. The JAB will provide information regarding the exam in due course. JEE-Mains conducted for admission to engineering courses across the country and it is also a qualifying exam for JEE-Advanced. Candidates, who willing to get admission in IIT and NIT must clear the JEE (Advanced) examination.
More than 13 lakh students participated in JEE-Mains this year and only 10% of them are eligible for online JEE (Advanced) exam. Around 2.2 lakh students have cleared the JEE-Mains.
Rural IIT aspirants suffer as entrance test goes online
As per the article published in economics Times Around 2.2 lakh students appearing for the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) in 2018, an estimated 50-60% are from rural and semi-urban areas. Many of these students have never used a computer, said experts and coaching institutes. And these students have just 10 months to get comfortable with the computer before they take online one of the toughest engineering entrance exams in the world.
“Several students are from remote rural villages. Many of them cannot log in to a computer or do not even have an email account. They might be good in mathematics and science but do not have knowledge of or access to computer. They will be hit by this decision,” said by the experts from kota coaching institutes.