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Aug 2014 Source: India Today

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The Joint admission board of the Indian Institutes of Technology which met on the 23rd of August agreed to launch the JEE Advanced test online from the 2016-17 academic year.

The Joint Engineering Entrance(JEE) Advanced exam which is taken by over 1.5 lakh IIT aspirants every year for entrance into the 16 IIT's, is all set to be launched on an online platform from the 2016-17 academic year. The Joint admission board of the IIT's has agreed to back this venture in a bid to modernize exam taking modes.

The JEE Mains is already being taken online partly and the IIT's own Joint Admission test for Master (JAM) and the Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering ( GATE), have already taken the online path. The JEE Advanced exam will however continue to have the paper one and paper two segregation, both of which are required to be taken by the candidate at one go. This radical move, completely switching to online testing is said to aid the correction and admission process.

The other changes the joint admission board is said to consider and implement in the near future is the scrapping of the 'multiple choice question' testing format and the induction of a common counseling pattern for NIT's and IIT's. The scrapping of the 'multiple choice question' format is to be implemented with a view to strip certain candidates of an unfair advantage they enjoy by guessing the right answer from the provided options.  New Methods of testing are still in the beta stage but the candidates will be required to work out an objective answer to the problems given in these new methods of testing. The induction of a common counseling is to avoid differences between the NIT's and IIT's and to provide accurate allotment of seats to candidates in these institutions. The counseling process will be based on a formula designed by IITians to ensure an error free allotment of seats. This allotment formula is to be handed over to the National Informatics Centre for implementation. This new joint allotment of seats is envisioned to avoid seats going un-allotted due to lapses in the current system.

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