The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have decided to form a high level committee to look into the modalities of having an online Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for admission to these institutes. But the change suggested will only come into play after 2014.
While next year’s exam will be conducted in the traditional paper and pen manner, the Joint Admission Board (JAB) for IITs which met in Delhi on Sunday decided to form a committee to look into the pros and cons of having an online admission test.
The committee that will consist of academicians from various areas, including representatives from different IITs, is likely to be formed this year. IIT Bombay will take a lead in forming the committee.
“The committee will take a look into all parameters for having an online exam. But if the change takes place, the students will be notified almost a year in advance,” official sources said adding, “If approved it could be enforced from 2015 or 2016.”
The JAB meeting on Sunday further endorsed the decision made in its last month’s meeting that there should be no change in the 20 percentile eligibility criteria for next year. The same has to be, however, ratified by the IIT council which meets on Monday.
Meanwhile the CBSE has proposed to conduct JEE Mains twice a year. The final decision will be taken at a meeting of the JEE apex body on September 17.