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Though the IIT Council resolved on the compromise formula for the two tier common entrance test (JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced) last week, the senates will now be deliberating on whether the numbers filtered through JEE-Main are too high for them to conduct a subjective test. The IITs want to go back to the subjective format of testing for JEE, instead of the current multiple-choice questions (MCQ) system. From the time, the Centre has been deliberating on a common entrance test; the IITs were demanding a separate subjective test. The idea was to sift out the top 50,000 candidates from the Main exam and subject them to a rigorous paper-pencil test.
However, the compromise formula arrived at last week, was to select the top 1.5 lakh aspirants, based on the scores in the Main exam, and let them take the JEE-Advanced, which will be conducted by the IITs. The senates of all the IITs were in favour of a subjective format test. Our initial demand was to have a rigorous test only for the top 50,000 students, a senior faculty from IIT-B said. Now, the numbers are increased to 1.5 lakh. It will directly have an impact on the exams format. Currently, the JEE pattern comprises testing students on the MCQ format. The evaluation was computerized using the OMR (optical mark recognition) sheets. However, a subjective test will need professors to evaluate the answers manually. Since 1.5 lakh is a huge number, we will have to discuss the matter in the senate, he added. The IIT-B senate will discuss the new compromise formula on July 5. Another faculty said a subjective test could ensure better quality of students to the premier engineering institutes. All details of JEE Advanced will be discussed in Joint Admission Board meeting in August, IIT-B director Devang Khakhar said.
Courtesy: Times of India
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