Ending months of speculation, the entrance for the undergraduate engineering courses in IITs under the new format will be conducted on June 2, 2013.
Aug 27, 2012, New Delhi : The Joint Admission Board (JAB) of IIT in its meeting on Monday is understood to have approved the JEE Advanced dates and approved the JEE Mains entrance test on April 7, 2013 which was decided by other stakeholders including CBSE, Centrally funded technical institutes and representatives of IITs in a meeting on Saturday.
HRD Ministry sources confirmed to The Pioneer that the IIT- JAB has decided to hold the IIT Advanced, which will book a seat in an IIT, on June 2, 2013. The JEE Mains will be held on April 7, 2013 and will be conducted by the CBSE with representatives from IIT and other Centrally Funded institutes on board. The Advanced will however be within the domain of the JAB headed by Prof HC Gupta of IIT Delhi and for which only the logistics will be provided by the CBSE.
Sources within JAB said there will be two shifts of the Advanced exam just like the pattern followed for the JEE 2012 and all the question from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics will be a mix of subjective and objective in nature and the duration of each paper will be of three hours. There will be only 1, 50,000 students to take the entrance test for IITs in 2013 as against the average six lakh students sitting for the competitive exams sans any format. There were about six lakh IIT aspirants in 2012 IIT-JEE.
The JEE Advanced examination will be conducted by JAB and Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) with the same composition as at present. The JAB and JIC will also coordinate with the organising body responsible for conducting the JEE Main.
Only such students who appear in the Advance JEE exam would be eligible to take admission in IITs, IT BHU and ISM Dhanbad. Candidates who want to appear for JEE Advance will be required to appear in a screening test first to be conducted by the CBSE as JEE Mains. Those students who will qualify in the screening test will only be able to sit in the Advance JEE subjected they fall within the percentile formula.
The scores of the rest candidates who do not make it into IITs will be applicable for NITs, IIITs, and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs). States too may consider the JEE Main/JEE Advanced scores for engineering courses in their institutes. Deemed to be universities have already given an in principle approval for the same.
The new format was announced in June 2012 after the HRD Ministry’s proposal of One Nation One Test announced in May 2012 was dragged into controversy with HRD Minister Kapil Sibal in line of fire from various quarters including the IITs. The compromise formula was reached was reached after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention that resolved to maintain autonomy of IITs. The earlier format which took into account marks of class 12 for eligibility for IIT entry had draw much controversy.