The Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP) on 5 November 2015 submitted its report. It was constituted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Council under the Chairmanship of Prof Ashok Misra to suggest reforms to the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).
Recommendations of the CEP
Following changes in the structure of JEE shall be effected from 2017 onwards
• A National Testing Service shall be set up by early 2016, mandated to conduct an Aptitude Test, which should test the scientific aptitude and innovative thinking ability
• The Aptitude test may be offered 2 or more times in a year and would be an online test. The testing shall test the scientific thinking and cannot be gamed through coaching
• Based on this performance, about 4 lakh candidates shall be short-listed for taking the JEE
• The JEE itself will be on the lines of the current JEE (Advanced) and designed to test the knowledge in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics; and will be conducted by the IITs.
• From this, ranks will be issued to 40,000+ students who can seek admission in IITs and NITs based on a common counselling.
• The IITs be requested to set up a system for developing mock JEE examinations which will help students prepare for the JEE significantly and wean them away from the coaching industry. The possibility of using the MOOCS platform can also be explored.
• MHRD may take measures for the improvement of school education and the method of examination of the Boards, so that students with the Science aptitude are well prepared in the concepts by the time they reach 12th grade, without dependence on coaching institutions.
Till such time, that is for 2016 and 2017, the practice of two tier JEE examination shall be continued.
• The top 200,000 students from JEE (Main) shall be allowed to appear in JEE (Advanced).
• More than 40,000 ranks will be issued in JEE (Advanced) for developing a better system for selection of candidates.
• Joint counselling for IITs and NITs shall be continued as was done last year.
• Board marks shall not to be counted for giving rankings this year for NITs, CFTIs etc
About Joint Entrance Exam
At present, JEE is being conducted in two stages-JEE-Main, followed by JEE-Advanced. However, top two lakh JEE Main performers are only allowed to the Advanced stage.
JEE-Main exam is for admission in IIITs (Indian Institutes of Information Technology), NITs (National Institutes of Technology), CFTIs (Central Funded Technical Institute) and IIEST Shibpur (dual degree programme). It is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
JEE-Advanced is for admission in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), and Indian School of Mines Dhanbad (to be converted into IIT). It is conducted by IITs.
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What: Submitted its report
When: 7 November 2015