The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)-Advanced will change once again in 2014, a fresh document coming out of the IITs has stated. As we all know, the Joint Entrance Exam for admissions to the IITs, this year is a two-stage exam, and will be conducted in that format for the first time next year.
The top 1.5 lakh candidates to clear the first stage of the entrance – JEE Main - will be eligible to appear for the second stage - JEE Advanced.
The IITs have now released a new document stating and answering some Frequently Asked Questions about JEE 2013. While this document provides information about some basic JEE 2013 format, it also states that there might be some major changes in the examination format for 2014.
The 2013 format for the Advanced Exam will be based on two three-hour papers which will be exactly similar to the previous years of JEE. It will be a multiple-choice question paper.
However, it is still not clear if the pattern will remain the same in the subsequent years too.
The IIT Bombay website states these FAQs and in response to the question, "will the examination structure remain the same in 2014?", the answer says, "No. The examination structure for JEE Advanced 2014 and beyond may change. Details regarding this will be made available at a later date."
Speaking exclusively to Gyancentral and confirming this news, Professor Hem Chandra Gupta, Convener, JEE 2013 says, "Yes, there will be some changes to the JEE main format from 2014."
Upon asking if these changes will be revealed soon, Professor Gupta added, "We have set up a committee of 16 representatives from 16 respective IITs. They will call come with recommendations to change the pattern of the exam. We will be holding meetings next month and hopefully, we should be able to come to a consensus on this next month."
So what kind of changes do we expect of JEE 2014?
"I am not very sure of that. It is too soon to comment. But some IIT faculty members have recommended that JEE main should be made a subjective test as it is the first step towards filtering students. And we need to be right from the very first step itself."
Will there be other changes apart from the JEE Main being subjective?
"Well, there have been several other recommendations. To change the exam back to a single subjective test like the old pattern. To completely negate board exam weightage. To have personal interviews after the advanced tests like in case of MBA entrances. So let's see. I cannot say anything now."
Forms of the two-part Joint Entrance Exam 2013 will be available for candidates to fill up from November 1 to December 15.
Candidates will have to fill up forms online. Candidates who will clear the JEE-Main will then have to register themselves online between May 8 and May 13 2013 for the Advanced exam.
Results of the JEE-Advanced will be out on June 23, 2013. The document has also clarified that a candidate's percentile score will be based on all subjects in the Class 12 exam and not just on science stream subjects.
The document also clearly states that "A candidate will be eligible for admission only if he is within the top 20 percentile of successful candidates from their Class 12 board. However, in case the percentile score is not available from testing agencies, the CBSE score for top 20 percentile of the successful candidates in the student's category will be used."
Candidates taking the JEE this year and plan to attempt it again in 2013, will be adjudged based on the 2012 criteria of scoring a minimum of 60 percent in their boards for eligibility. However, if they take the board exams again, then they will be adjudged on the fresh top 20 percentile criteria.