The government officials confirmed that the HRD ministry and CBSE are already examined some companies that can audit their preparation level to switch from paper pencil format to computer based format.
This new initiative is supported by the Human Resource Department minister M M Pallam Raju.
This survey will verify around 300 identified centres across India and Singapore, Kathmandu and Colombo, where computerized test are planned. The auditors will check the infrastructure, CCTV surveillance, Power backup, 20% additional computers, standby servers, air-conditioning and access control measures at each of these test centres.
They also evaluate the software security and confirm whether through the security arrangements to prevent question paper leakage. The main plan is to upload the question papers on a central server and then issue passwords for access to the server to officials in charge of centres through a text message in the morning of the examination.
Implement of these transition not going to be easy in 2012, the CBSE had offered a computerized version of the engineering entrance examination for a few students at select test centres.
For this year we have provide both the paper and computer exam for the students, if this goes easy, then we will move forward to provide computer based exam from 2014.
A Senior CBSE official said, "Now we want to check whether we are ready to take the big leap towards dumping the pencil-paper based exam completely,"
CBSE will conduct the JEE Main 2013 pen and Paper based exam on April 07, and computer based exam from April 08 to 25, 2013 and JEE Advanced will be held on June 02, 2013.
Around 15 lakh aspiring students to take admission in IITs, NITs and other central engineering colleges and conducting a national level computer based exam for these aspirants is not going to be easy task.
JEE Main exam will provide students to take admissions to the NITs and other central engineering colleges and also shortlists the 1.5 lakh candidates for the JEE Advanced exam which provides admissions to the IITs.