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Get ready for the new joint entrance exam

Having your basics in place and taking Class 12 exams seriously will help you, say IIT professors

education Updated: Sep 18, 2012 15:20 IST
HT Education Correspondent

The confusion over the common entrance exam for admission to engineering courses at various institutes in the country, including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), has been cleared with the final dates for JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced) exams for 2013 being declared.

Now, Class 12 (other equivalent examination) performance will be considered in the final merit list of the IITs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), Delhi Technological University (DTU), and CFTIs. The announcements made by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and IITs, respectively, regarding JEE (Main) (earlier known as All India Engineering Entrance Examination) and JEE Advanced (earlier known as IIT JEE) will put all the aspirants’ doubts to rest.

All about JEE (Main)
JEE (Main) will be conducted by the CBSE and it will have two papers -
* JEE (Main) Paper 1 for admissions to the BE/BTech courses at NITs, IIITs, DTU, and other CFTIs. It will be conducted in both offline and online (CBT) modes.
The offline mode will be conducted on April 7, 2013. The dates of the online/CBT to be conducted in April will be announced later.
* JEE (Main) Paper 2 for admissions to BArch/BPlanning courses at NITs, IIITs, DTU, and other CFTIs will be held on April 7, 2013 in just the offline mode.

Paper I of JEE (Main) broadly seems to be on the AIEEE pattern — a single paper of three-hour duration, with questions from maths, physics and chemistry.

Paper 2 for admissions to BArch/BPlanning courses will have one question paper consisting of maths, aptitude test and drawing test. The paper will be of three-hour duration.

The merit list of JEE (Main) will be prepared by giving 40% weightage to Class 12 (other equivalent examination) normalised marks and 60% to the performance in JEE (Main) examination.

Knowing JEE (Advanced)
JEE (Advanced) is for admission to the undergraduate programmes of the IITs and Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad, for 2013. It will be conducted on June 2, 2013, in offline mode.

JEE Advanced will be taken just by the top 1.5 lakh students (from all categories) of JEE (Main). So IIT aspirants will face a two-tier test - JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced).

JEE (Advanced) 2013 will have two objective type papers, each of three-hour duration. Each paper will consist of questions from physics, chemistry and math.

Question papers will be in both English and Hindi. Till 2012, an aspirant got the coveted IIT seat based on his All India Rank (AIR).

But in 2013, apart from his AIR rank, a candidate needs to be in the top 20 percentile of the qualifying candidates of his Class 12 (other equivalent) boards to secure a seat in the IITs.

What you should do
Aspirants will have to have a different strategy to clear the new format. Few IIT professors suggest that it’s the right time for students to start preparing. “It’s a two-stage exam. Students should not treat this as any other exam. Till now, students are used to writing the AIEEE. Paper I of JEE (Main) broadly seems to be on the AIEEE pattern. It’s very essential for candidates to get their basics right because only the top 1.5 lakh students will be allowed to write the JEE (Advanced),” says Tarun Kant, head, department of civil engineering, IIT Bombay.

According to Siddhartha Das, professor, department of metallurgical and materials engineering, IIT Kharagpur, “The best way to ace the new format is by preparing for the Class 12 exams seriously. If your fundamentals are in place and if you have studied for your board exams well, you will find it easier to crack it. Preparing for multiple choice questions also helps."

Even though the first stage will not be conducted by the IITs, it’s advised that the candidates approach it with the right preparation and strategy. “It all depends on the first paper. Remember, only the top 1.5 lakh will make it to the next round,” says DK Goswami, associate professor, department of physics, IIT Guwahati.