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Students giving the IIT-JEE in 2012 could be the last batch appearing for the exam in its current format. With a view to streamline the process of engineering admissions, the government has proposed a single Joint Engineering Exam for admissions to central government institutes like IITs, NIITs, IIITs, IISERs and few deemed universities.
“The new entrance exam will have many elements of the previous IIT-JEE,” said a senior IIT official. He explained that till now, students would focus only on competitive exams and ignore their class XII board exams. But with the 40% weightage to class XII exam, students will have to pay equal attention to both the JEE as well as the board exam. This has caused a lot of anxiety amongst students and parents. This change will mean that an IIT aspirant will have to prepare for two different formats of tests i.e class XII and JEE. Keyur Joshi, an IIT aspirant echoes this sentiment, “I will have to focus on my class XII Boards and JEE if I want to get into the IITs.” “Students will have a balancing act to do, but they need not get stressed out. Class XII exams and JEE can be tackled together successfully,” says Vishwas Deshpande, managing director, Vidyalankar, an institute which prepares students for both the IIT-JEE and class XII board exams. The new selection process may prove to be worrisome not only to the students, but also to the coaching class industry. Those coaching classes that have been traditionally training students only for JEE will have to re-invent themselves. Teachers who taught students the concepts of physics, chemistry and math may not be able to adapt themselves so easily to the vastly different pattern of class XII board exam. This doesn’t seem to bother Deshpande, who confidently says, “Although these changes are being proposed now, we have been training our students to do well, both at the IIT-JEE and class XII, for several years. We already have separate divisions for IIT-JEE and class XII coaching. The orientation and teaching methodology for both these exams is indeed different, and students will have to be trained so that they develop a proper mindset and skill-set to perform well in both these exams.” The present pattern of the IIT-JEE comprises of questions in physics, chemistry and math. The new pattern of IIT JEE will give 60% weightage to the Joint Entrance Exam and 40% weightage to the class XII board marks. The Joint Entrance Exam will have two parts, Main and Advance, each of three hours duration. The Main part will be an objective-type exam which will test comprehension, critical thinking and logical reasoning. The Advance part will test problem solving ability in physics, chemistry and math. The new pattern is likely to be implemented from 2013 or 2014.
Courtesy: Times of India
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