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JEE Main 2017: Pros and Cons of Online and Offline modes

Feb 1, 2017 17:48 IST

    JEE main 2017, online, offline

    JEE Main 2017, which is the most important exam for engineering aspirants, is scheduled to be held on April 2, April 8 and April 9, 2017 by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). It will be held in two modes: Online and Offline. There are many pros and cons associated with online and offline mode of examination which students should keep in mind so that they do not get baffled while attempting paper. In this article we are going to discuss in detail about pros and cons of these modes of examination.

    What is JEE Main 2017 Offline Mode of Examination?

    Offline Mode of Examination is a traditional method of conducting examination. It is also known as pen and paper based examination. In this type of examination the students are provided with an OMR sheet and they have to mark the answers by darkening the bubble of the appropriate answer with a blue/black pen.

    What is JEE Main 2017 Online Mode of Examination?

    Online Examination is a web based examination. In this type of examination you are allotted a computer and you have to choose correct options for the questions appearing on the screen through mouse. The only thing you need to conduct this type of examination is a computer lab and a working internet connection. 

    Advantages of JEE Main 2017 Offline mode of Examination

    (a) Familiarity with pattern:

    The biggest advantage of offline examination is that you are familiar with it right from your childhood. Right from your school examination to Board Examination, every exam you taken were offline. So, offline mode of examination carries an additional advantage of familiarity with it.

    (b) No Technical Glitches

    There is no possibility of technical glitch as you are not using computer or server. You just need to fill bubbles in OMR sheet with blue/black ink pen. So, you can focus on solving the paper without getting worried about any technical difficulty.

    (c) Go back and forth the Question Paper

    In the offline mode of examination, candidates can go through the entire question paper and based on that they can decide how and when to attempt the questions as per their convenience. They can attempt easy questions first and then later on move to difficult one.

    Disadvantages of JEE Main 2017 Offline mode of Examination

    (a) Filling bubbles in the OMR Sheet is time consuming

    Students waste approximately 7-10 minutes in marking their responses in OMR sheets. In this time bounded examination every second counts and these 7-10 minutes can be used to solve at least 3 – 4 questions

    Also, students have to be very careful while marking their responses in the OMR sheet as any ignorance can lead to wrong answer and your whole hard work for that question can go waste.

     (b) No facility to change wrong response

    One of the major drawbacks of the JEE Main 2017 offline mode examination is, once you have marked your response in OMR sheet it cannot be changed further. Many a times it has been seen that candidates mark a wrong response in hurry but the woe is they cannot correct it. So, in spite of getting +4 marks for that answer they get -1 and hence loose 5 marks due to incorrect filling of a bubble.

     (c) Date is earlier than the offline exam

    This year JEE Main 2017 Offline Examination will be held on 2 April 2017 while online examination will be held on 8 & 9 April 2017. So, for offline examination you get one week less time for preparation.

     Advantage of JEE Main 2017 Online Examination

    (a) Extra time for preparation:

     As JEE Main 2017 Online Examination is scheduled on 8 & 9 April 2017, a week after offline examination. So, students will certainly get a week more time for preparation. A lot of good colleges such as IIITH, NITs, DTU, NSIT, IIITD etc offer admission based on JEE Main score so this one week time can be prove very useful.

    (b) Facility for changing wrong responses

    It is very easy to change your responses in online mode of examination. With a  click of mouse you can do it which is very tough in offline mode of examination.

    (c) No time waste in bubble filling

    By just clicking the mouse your correct answer get saved at the server and there is no waste of time. So, you can utilize the time more effectively in this case.

    (d) Easy tracking of number of questions answered

    In online mode of examination information like number of questions answered, number of questions unanswered, answers marked for review is available on the screen in different color codes.

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    Disadvantage of JEE Main 2017 Online Examination

    (a) Technical Glitches

    With technological advancement technical glitches have reduced significantly but they cannot be avoided completely. They can occur anywhere and at most abrupt of times, especially in smaller towns with lesser technical expertise.

    (b) Unavailability of Question Paper after Examination

    Question Paper is not given to students for further reference in case of online mode of examination. So, students cannot discuss their solutions among one another and cannot predict their score. Also, many prestigious coaching institutes provide complete solution of offline question paper within a day after examination which helps students in calculating their scores.

    Final Words:

    Both online and offline mode of examination have their pros and cons. Whatever mode you have chosen for the examination in application form, practice sample papers and practice papers in that mode only.

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