After making Aadhaar mandatory for the JEE (Main) examination, the Joint Apex Board (JAB) has decided to use Aadhaar-based biometric attendance machines at examination centres for marking attendance of candidates, sources said.
In a meeting of the board on Thursday, it was decided to put in place this system in order to stop malpractices and cases of impersonation. Sources said the expenditure would be borne by the CBSE, which conducts the examination from the fee received from candidates. Sources said there were a few cases of impersonation reported last year during the JEE (Main) exam.
But Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam have been given relaxation from this mandatory rule of furnishing Aadhaar numbers. In addition to this, CBSE will also ensure scanning the OMR sheets at the examination centres immediately after the test is over in the presence of officials under CCTV recording.
Aadhaar card issued by the UIDAI has been made mandatory to fill the application form for 2017 exam. The JEE (Main) is an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take to apply for the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs/ISM Dhanbad. IIT Madras will conduct the JEE (Advanced) on 2017 on May 21.
The last date to register for the JEE (Main) exam, to be conducted on April 2 next year, is January 2. Last year, over 13 lakh candidates had taken JEE (Main) exam.