IIT-JEE: Panel proposes changes in the exam format

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New Delhi: IIT-JEE will have a change in the exam format if the Centre accepts the series of recommendations made by the high-powered committee.

The panel has suggested to introduce the new format, which mainly aims to test the scientific aptitude and innovative thinking ability of the candidates. The new format will be such that coaching centres won't be able to help a student crack it.

The Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP), headed by former IIT Bombay director Ashok Misra, has proposed setting up of a National Testing Service (NTS) by early 2016. The online aptitude exam which will be held twice or thrice a year.

IIT-JEE: Panel proposes changes in the exam format

Based on the candidate's performance in the test, about 4 lakh students will be shortlisted for the JEE to be conducted by IITs. JEE (Main) is now overseen by CBSE and JEE (Advanced) by IITs.

According to the Mishra Committee recommendations, the proposed JEE will be on par with current JEE (Advanced) and is basically designed to test one's knowledge in physics, chemistry and mathematics.

With the new format it is expected that over 40,000 students will be ranked before they seek admission in IITs and NITs based on common counselling.

The panel has also urged the IITs to plan a system for developing mock JEE examinations which will help students prepare for the JEE and wean them away from the coaching institutes. The possibility of using the Massive Open Online Courses platform can also be explored, the committee said.

The current system is being slightly tweaked. It has been decided that the JEE 2016 will have an enhanced intake from 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh students into the JEE (Advanced) stage. The weightage given to Board marks in JEE (Main) will not continue for 2016.

However, the existing two-tier JEE, is set to continue in 2016 and 2017 as the HRD ministry has decided to seek opinion of stakeholders before taking any decision in this regard.

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