A decision on the format of the IIT's joint entrance examination (JEE)-Advanced has been made. The joint admission board (JAB) of IITs has decided that the JEE-Advanced paper will have only multiple-choice questions (MCQs).
According to RK Shevgaonkar, director, IIT-Delhi, the decision of sticking to only MCQs in JEE-Advanced had to be taken because students will not get enough time to prepare for a new format at this point. But, the new format of IIT-JEE will remain valid for the 2013 exam, to be held on June 2, and may change in the near future.
He says, "Even though the paper will be objective-type , it may still have questions involving calculations. I feel that JEE-Advanced should be of subjective-type as it allows us to comprehend the thinking pattern of a student. For example, while an answer in a subjective-type format may be incorrect, the method in which it has been solved would enable us to understand whether the student has solved it analytically or not. There is no way to know this in an MCQ format."
As per the notification, the top 1.5 lakh candidates from the JEEMain exam will be eligible to appear for the JEE-Advanced. Students who qualify in the JEE-Advanced exam and fall in the top 20 percentile of the successful candidates in their respective board results will then be eligible for admission to IITs.