A committee appointed by the IIT council has proposed major changes in the existing two-tier format of Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for the admission into IIT/NITs. Major recommendations include setting up of a National Testing Service (NTS) and conducting an online scientific aptitude test to shortlist candidates for the JEE exams. However, the committee also clarified that the existing JEE exam format will continue for next 2 years and that the proposed changes will take effect after due consultation with various stake holders.
The committee has proposed setting up of a National Testing Service (NTS) by early 2016, which would conduct the online test to check the scientific aptitude and innovative thinking ability of the candidates. The test is likely to be conducted more than twice a year and will shortlist around 4 Lakh students who would finally appear for the JEE exam. The proposed scientific aptitude test will be designed in such a unique format that the coaching institutes be able to help a student crack it.
The Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP) appointed by the IIT council is headed by the former IIT Bombay director Ashok Mishra, was appointed to give recommendations to curb the growing control of the coaching industry on students preparing for JEE exam. In line with that, the committee has asked the IITs to offer mock JEE examinations in order to wean away students from the coaching centres. The panel also proposed use of the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to further help students preparing for the JEE exam.
To help students gain a deeper conceptual understanding of scientific concepts, the panel has advised the HRD ministry to improve the educational quality at school levels and adopt alternative examination formats to test the scientific aptitude of students.
The HRD ministry has also announced a slight tweak in the current two tier JEE Exam pattern, which is divided into JEE (Mains) conducted by the CBSE and JEE (Advanced) managed by the IITs. According to reports, the JEE 2016 exam will have an enhanced intake of JEE (Mains) students from 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh into the JEE (Advanced) stage.
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