NEW DELHI: All students appearing for Joint Entrance Examination-Advance in 2018, for the first time, will have an opportunity to change their answers as the examination is set to be conducted only in fully computer based test (CBT) mode.
IIT-Kanpur, the organising institute for the entrance test for admissions into the prestigious IITs, Indian Institute of Science, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research and Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology will conduct the test on May 20 next year.
Till this year, JEE-Advanced was conducted only in offline mode.
The performance of over 2.24 lakh students, who will take up the examination, will form the basis for admission to the 11,032 seats of Bachelor’s, Integrated Master’s and Dual Degree programs in all the 23 IITs.
Sources in the JEE division of IIT-Kanpur said that students who have cleared the JEE-Mains, conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, will be trained to use CBT system for JEE Advance through mock tests, for which a special website has been launched on Tuesday.
Interestingly, JEE Main is conducted in both online and offline mode and the students have an option of choosing any form they are comfortable with.
“The online mode of examination is being introduced to make logistics and evaluation process easy. Candidates who do not have access to desktops can even practice on their smart phones,” a senior official at IIT Kanpur told this newspaper. “The examination will start at 9 am and the computer screen will automatically show-I am ready to begin.”
In case the candidates need to change their option, they will be able to do it using the mouse at the designated centres. In case of any terminal problem, the computer will stop and the watch at the computer screen will also automatically get stopped.
Later, the candidates will be given extra time as per the time loss shown by the computer watch, said Misra. There would be three sections -- mathematics, physics and chemistry -- and each section will get closed after the completion of one section. Candidates could also revise the answer sheets.
At present the JEE Advance test, has a question paper with Optical Mark Reading (OMR) sheets with ‘block’ in front of every question. The candidates are required to put right mark in the “block” which cannot be changed.