This is an important news for all the aspiring IIT candidates. The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) entrance examination will be a complete online affair from next year, that is, 2018. This step has been taken by the Joint Admission Board (JAB) on Sunday (in their meeting conducted at Chennai) to make logistics and evaluations more easy and less time consuming. The JAB, is the residing body that makes policies on IIT admissions in India.
|The students need to take up the online examination at pre-designated centers henceforth. The questionnaire is to be answered on a computer from 2018 as opposed to the optical mark reading (OMR) sheets that were to be filled-in by pen or pencil, till date.
Director of IIT-Madras, and residing Chairman of JAB 2017, Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi said, “The JEE (Advanced) exam will be conducted online from 2018 onwards as per the joint decision of the board. JAB shall provide further information related to the examination in due course.”
“Logistics and evaluations will become easier with this decision that was taken today for the JEE-Advanced,” said a JAB member. The member also added that, ” This concept was in discussion for many years but adequate infrastructure was essential to switch the exam into online mode.”
Earlier, the Human Resource Development ministry had introduced the possible option of taking-up the JEE-Mains in the online mode.
The JEE-Mains is the entrance examination that is to be taken for admission into various engineering courses that are offered throughout the country with a subsequent qualifying exam called JEE-Advanced, to get a seat in the IITs and NITs. Around thirteen lakh students appeared for the JEE-Mains exam this year, with less than 10% of them choosing to go online. Around two lakhs of the total candidates qualified to write the JEE-Advanced exam.