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It's Official: JEE Advanced IIT Entrance Exam Goes Online From 2018

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| August 21 , 2017 , 09:24 IST

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced which is conducted for students qualifying in the JEE Mains Exam for admission to the elite Indian Institutes of Engineering will be conducted in online mode from 2018, the IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) announced on Sunday. The decision has been made in the wake of a large number of errors in this year's question paper.

According to officials, online mode of testing will help prevent mistakes and avert situations that took place last year when the JAB had to grant 18 bonus marks to candidates who took the JEE Advanced exam because of printing and translation errors in the question paper.

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Responding to a plea by students in July, the Supreme Court had directed the JAB to award bonus marks and submit an undertaking to the court that it will develop a suitable mechanism to ensure that such errors are not repeated.

"The online version of the test will make logistics easier and the evaluation process more accurate. It will also take care of security issues because there will be no scope for question paper leaks," a senior official with the human resource development (HRD) ministry said.

The JAB members also said that the online mode of JEE Advanced will provide greater accuracy and transparency in the test while reducing printing costs and the results will also be able to be declared faster. Currently, the JEE Advanced results are declared nearly 2 months after completion of the exams. In online mode, students will also be able to edit the answers they submit.

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IIT-M director and JAB chairman Bhaskar Ramamurthi said, "Students were unable to correct their answers after bubbling the answers [fill in multiple-choice answers in the written test], With the online mode they can go back and change answers if they want to." Ramamurthy said.

Meanwhile, the JEE Mains exam, which is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will continue to be held in both online and offline mode.