The Joint Admission Board (JAB) has decided to conduct the entrance examination for admission to Indian Institutes if Technology (IITs) in the online mode only from 2018 onwards. The decision has been taken to make logistics and evaluation process easier.
NEW DELHI: The Joint Admission Board (JAB) has decided to conduct the entrance examination for admission to Indian Institutes if Technology (IITs) in the online mode only from 2018 onwards. The decision has been taken to make logistics and evaluation process easier. The JAB is the policy-making body on IIT admissions and took the decision at a meeting in Chennai. In the online mode, students would need to take the exam at the designated centres where instead of marking their answers in an Optical Mark Reading (OMR) sheet, they would need to answer the questions on a computer instead. Till recently, the exam was conducted in offline mode and students answered questions in the OMR sheet and answers were evaluated by machines.
In 2017, 1186454 candidates has registered for JEE Main exams. Out of the total candidates registered for the exam 183673 candidates had registered for the online exam and 165635 appeared for the exam. A total of 221427 candidates have qualified for the JEE Advanced exam.
As a result, some students filed a petition that the granting of grace marks was unfair to the students who had attempted and marked the answers correctly. The students requested that a fresh merit list for JEE Advanced be issued.
While hearing the petition,the supreme Court of India had suspended the counselling process for JEE Advanced qualified candidates. By the time the counselling was suspended, two rounds of counselling had already been conducted and many students had already taken admission to their allotted institutes. The Supreme Court allowed the IITs to go ahead with the counselling after asking the IITs to give an undertaking that no such mistake would recur and situations to award grace marks would not arise.