NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary
Education (CBSE) is planning to hold the all-India Joint
Entrance Examination (JEE) main twice per year -- and
the plan would be executed from 2014, sources in the
CBSE said on September 19.
The JEE-Main is conducted to select students for
admissions to Centrally-funded technical institutions,
including the National Institutes of Technology (NITs).
A good score in the JEE Main also gives students a
chance to appear in JEE-Advance, held subsequently to
select candidates for admissions to 15 Indian Institutes
of Technology (IITs) and Indian School of Mines,
The IITs finalise the successful candidates’ list on the
basis of their performance in JEE Main and percentile in
the Class XII Board.
“Keeping the significance of JEE-Main, the board is
contemplating holding the test twice. It will not only
help candidates improve their scores and get enrolled in
streams of their choice in the centrally funded
technical institutions but also brighten their chances
of getting into IITs, if they fared well in their class
XII board,” sources in the CBSE said.
The board, which conducts JEE-Main, is holding
consultations on the issue of conducting the test twice.
“A final decision is yet to be taken.” sources added.
There had been demands to bring changes in the
eligibility criteria for students to appear in
JEE-Advance, too. Only the top 20 percentile in their
respective boards are considered for admission to IITs
on the basis of their performance in JEE-Main and
At a recent meeting of the IIT council here, IIT-Delhi
suggested that students with 80 per cent marks in class
XII Board examination should also be considered for
their admission to the premier technical institutes on
the basis of their performance in JEE.
This, however, was rejected by the council which decided
to bring no changes in its admission policy. The meeting
was presided over by Human Resource Development Minister
M M Pallam Raju.
CAT-2013 from Oct 16 to Nov 11
BANGALORE : The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)
have announced the dates for the Common Admission Test
2013 (CAT 2013) for admissions to top management
institutes in the country. The test will be conducted
over 20 days from October 16 to November 11.
According to a release issued by the IIM here on May
1, CAT vouchers will be available at select Axis Bank
branches from July 29 to September 24 and the
registration window will be open from July 29 to
September 26. IIM Indore is conducting the test.
Four new testing locations have been added this year
— Surat, Udaipur, Thiruvananthapuram and Vijayawada,
increasing the total number of locations to 40.
During CAT 2012, 2.14 lakh vouchers were sold and
the number of registrations was 9,000 more than the
Online entrance test for IITs, others by 2014?
By Charu Sudan Kasturi
NEW DELHI: Students seeking admission to IITs and
all other central engineering schools may soon have to
switch from pens and pencils to a computer mouse under a
move to completely computerise key Centrally conducted
The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry and the
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are scouting
for a firm to audit their preparedness for the switch,
top government officials confirmed to HT.
The move is backed by HRD minister MM Pallam Raju.
If the audit concludes that the board and government are
ready, the 100% computerised avatar could be rolled out
as early as 2014.
But a computerised test for the about 15,00,000 students
who seek admission to the IITs, National Institutes of
Technology (NITs) and other central engineering schools
each year is unlikely to be easy.
The JEE (Main) — earlier called the All India
Engineering Entrance Examination — which picks students
to the NITs and other central schools and shortlists
150,000 top students for a second round test to select
students for the IITs — is currently conducted mostly in
the pencil-paper format. But in 2012, the CBSE started
offering a computerised version for a few students at
select centres, spread over a few days.
“Now we want to check whether we are ready to take the
big leap towards dumping the pencil-paper format
completely,” a senior CBSE official said.
The audit will check 300 identified centres across 28
Indian cities and Singapore, Kathmandu and Colombo,
where computerised tests are planned. At these centres,
auditors will check the infrastructure — CCTV
surveillance, power backup, 20% additional desktops,
standby servers, air-conditioning and access control
Auditors will evaluate software security and whether
rigorous security arrangements to prevent question paper
leaks are in place. The plan is to upload question
papers on a central server and then issue passwords for
access to the server to officials in charge of centres
through a text message in the morning of the
(Courtesy : The Hindustan Times)
GATE to go the JEE way, have 2-tier exam
: The National Co-ordination Board (NCB) of the Graduate
Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) has proposed a two-tier test for
admission to the M.Tech programme run by the Indian Institutes of
Technology and the IISc, Bangalore. The test will, like the new JEE,
have a screening test followed by the main admission test.
According to a newspaper report the new pattern is being adopted
to cope up with the massive increase in the number of aspirants in
the past five years — from 1.8 lakh in 2008 to more than 10 lakh
The National Co-ordination Board (NCB), which conducts the test each
year, comprises the directors of the seven older IITs and the
Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
The screening exam, planned to be entrusted to a private agency,
will be more like an aptitude test. The final test, to be conducted
by the IITs and IISc, will assess the domain (subject) knowledge of
the students, said The Telegraph report quoting an IIT
“The NCB has written to all IITs to get the views of the faculty on
the two-tier GATE proposal and outsource the screening test to a
private firm,” the director added.
Each of the seven IITs last week issued circulars to the heads of
departments asking them to give their views after speaking to the
The move assumes significance against the backdrop of recent changes
brought to the IIT-JEE examination. For admission to BTech courses
in the IITs from next year, aspirants will have to appear in the JEE-Main,
to be conducted by the CBSE. If they clear this, they will have to
take the JEE-Advanced, to be held by the IITs.
But a faculty member from IIT Kharagpur said he and his colleagues
would oppose the plan to enlist a private firm for GATE, said the
“Private companies have no stake in promoting merit in admission in
the IITs except monetary gains. We will oppose this proposal to take
away a part of the exam from the IITs.”
Not everyone seemed to back the view, though. Former IIT Kanpur
director S.G. Dhande justified the move, saying changes were
required to ensure better quality in the test.
“Is the existing GATE really assessing the eligibility of a student
for research? The present objective-type test is focussed on subject
knowledge. We need to test the orientation and aptitude of students
for research,” Dhande said.
The screening test may have questions on reasoning, basic science
and language to gauge the general competence of students, while the
final exam could test domain knowledge.
Dhande suggested the screening test be held online and several times
But IIT Faculty Federation president K. Narasimhan indicated the
last word was not out on the proposed change and that it would be
discussed at several forums before being given final shape.
“The federation has not taken any view on the proposal yet. Let us
see what the faculty members from each institute are saying,” the
IIT Bombay teacher said.
Dheeraj Sanghi, of IIT Kanpur, appeared to favour the new system
saying GATE was gradually becoming a burden on the IITs because of
the increase in the number of aspirants.
“I think it is a good move. A private firm (Prometric) has been
conducting the Common Admission Test (CAT) for IIMs the past few
years. The GATE examination similarly can be handled by a private
firm,” he said.