On Sunday the JEE Apex Board (JAB) held a meeting to decide the new course that the IITs would be taking for conducting their new system entrance test by breaking away from the JEE (main). This year’s IIT entrance would be conducted by IIT Guwahati and the meeting took place to discuss on the agenda of scrapping the two phase IIT entrance examination that includes a JEE (main) and IIT-JEE (advanced).
This decision has been influenced by the time consuming two way process of the test and the deciding committee wants to revert back to the old system of examination. The new system of entrance test would be breaking away from the JEE (main) which is also the gateway to NIITs. The IIT examinations became a two-phase thing when the HRD ministry intervened in 2013. Some of the professors on the deciding panel have the opinion that this process is cumbersome and leading to a waste of time which sometimes results in seats being vacant at IITs.
Since the probabilities of getting into an IIT is far less than that of NIITs, the decision is being debated upon to do away with the JEE (main) as there can’t be a common examination for two different sets of students. If the decision is finalized than like the previous system the IITs from the seven zones would conduct their examinations in rotation which was the case before 2013.
The committee has stated that if a single test process is again brought back than they could increase the number of counseling rounds. Due to time constraints the IITs are able to hold only three rounds of counseling session and if the new system of entrance test by breaking away from the JEE (main) is adopted then the results could be published earlier with definite increase in counseling session. The JAB seems hopeful that the new process would ease the prevailing system and would benefit students by increasing greater efficiency.