JUST IN: IIT-JEE may be conducted twice an year
If the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) has its way, students will have a second shot at the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) in the same year.
The ministry has proposed conducting the test, replacing the IIT-JEE and the AIEEE for admission to IITs, NITs, IIITs and other centrally funded technical institutions, once in April and a second time in November or December the same year.It will release the details of the test on April 16.
"It is proposed that the JEE test will be conducted at least twice a year so that students who wish to attempt more than once can be allowed to do so in a year," said a note from the MHRD, giving details of the admission procedure from 2013.Experts suggested this could mean that the institutions may consider admissions twice a year, but IIT faculty were non-committal on the matter.
Several reasons are being given for the proposal. Nothing has been finalized yet. The authorities expect the test to slowly be part of the admission process for all technical institutions in the country, some of which may consider admissions twice a year. Another reason is that it could probably bring down the load of candidates taking the test in a year, making it easier to conduct the test.
The MHRD also suggested that from 2013, students aspiring for a seat in technical institutions cannot go easy on their language exam. The percentile rank of students in the board exams will also be specified in the JEE result and will be calculated based on the scores obtained in the boards in physics, chemistry, mathematics, one language subject, and the best subject among the electives taken by the student.
The test will have two papers – main and advance – lasting three hours each. Admission to IITs, NITs and IIITs will be through a single window online counseling system based on the CFTI rank. The ministry wants to create several committees – including a JEE Apex Board (JAB), a JEE Academic Group (JAG), a JEE Delivery Group (JDG) and a JEE Interface Group (JIG) – to conduct the exam efficiently.