IIT-JEE may consider online test

Category: Engineering Entrance,  News Source: The Times of India,  Updated-On: Nov 28 2011

The Indian Institutes of Technology could be thinking of conducting an online joint entrance examination (JEE), on the lines of the Indian Institutes of Management. While the common admission test (CAT) for entry into IIMs went online three years ago, the IITs are yet to take the big step.

The IIT-Delhi, which is organizing IIT-JEE 2012, has invited all IIT directors for a workshop on Friday, where an online model will be demonstrated. The JEE office is hosting the workshop. Sources from IIT-Delhi have confirmed that Education Testing Services (ETS), which conducts the GRE and several other popular global online examinations, will make a presentation at the workshop.

Most officials on record denied plans to go online with JEE. A senior official from one of the IITs claimed that the workshop was scheduled to discuss the possibilities of an online examination for JEE. "We might just discuss the feasibility. No decision has been taken," said the official.

A senior IIT-B professor said, "An online exam may or may not work for JEE. While CAT faced teething problems initially, it is stabilized now. For an exam, where you need to calculate a lot, pen and paper seems to be a better option. But students these days are well versed with technology and in future, everything might be computerized."

Currently, only two directors have responded to the invitation, claimed an official from IIT-Delhi. "Experts from ETS will make a presentation and showcase their testing systems. It is a successful testing pattern in the US. But there will not be any overnight decision on JEE going online," said the official.


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