The Joint Admission Board (JAB) of IITs has announced that there will be only the online mode of examination for JEE Advanced from the year 2018 onwards. The decision came after a long meeting of IIT JAB committee held in IIT Madras recently.
The decision to go digital will ensure a quicker evaluation of answer sheets and would reduce the chances of paper leaks. It is also expected that the decision would prevent the occurrence of errors in the question paper.
JEE Advanced 2018 will be conducted by IIT Kanpur and several changes in the paper pattern could be expected in this new mode of examination. A committee would be set up by the Joint Admission Board for deciding the transition from pen and paper format to the online mode of examination. An affidavit will be filed by the IITs in the Supreme Court describing the changes they would adopt for reducing the errors in question paper and also how they will deal with the new mode of examination.
Only certain qualified students from JEE Mains are allowed to appear for JEE Advanced. In JEE 2017 1,59,540 candidates appeared for JEE Advanced and out of which 50,455 candidates were qualified for admissions into IITs and ISM.
Today several entrance exams like BITSAT, SRMEEE, VITEEE are conducted online. JEE Advanced is among the last few All India level exams that were still conducted in the offline mode. The IIT JAB has also announced that there would be options to educate the aspiring IIT candidates on how to attempt the online paper.