JEE-Advanced may become a computer-based exam next year

Mumbai: Next year, the JEE-Advanced may change from being a paper-pencil entrance exam to a computer-based one. The decision on the switch will be taken when the Joint Admission Board meets in early September.

On 25th August, members of the board, the highest body that takes decisions on admissions to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), said the JEE-Advanced in 2014 could be offered as a computer-based exam since "it is the way forward".

"We discussed a proposal to offer the test on computer or, at least, to keep it as an option in the first year," said IIT-Bombay director Devang Khakhar. He said the rollout looked possible since candidate numbers had dropped to 1.5 lakh. Some logistical deviations will have to be considered. "We'll have to run the computer-based tests and the paper-pen tests at the same time at all the centres across India," he said. "We'll have to be extremely cautious."
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