Thane nearest pen-paper centre for JEE-Main
by Times of India
Posted on 2012-12-01
MUMBAI: Students from Mumbai appearing for the Joint Entrance Exam-Main this year and opting for a pen and paper-based test will not have any centres in the city. The closest centre available for the pen and paper test for city students is in Thane. The only other pen-and-paper-based test centres in the state are in Amravati, Aurangabad, Nashik and Pune.

Mumbai is among 25 centres in the country where computer-based entrance tests will be conducted. Students who are not comfortable with the computer-based format are keeping their fingers crossed. One student said, \"We are guessing it would be on the first-come-first-served basis. So if we do not manage to get a centre in Thane, we might end up in Pune, Nashik or Amravati in the state.\" The students will get to know their centres only after they get their hall-tickets.

However, most classes in the city have been advising students to go for the computer-based examination as it is scheduled after the pen and paper test. One of the parents said, \"Most students have been advised to go in for the computer-based test as it will come later and the students will get an idea about the type of questions. They have also been told that the computer-based format is more convenient as it will allow students to make changes in their answer if they want. The pen and paper format is scheduled on April 7, 2013, while the computer-based test is scheduled from April 8 - 25, 2013.

An official from the Central Board of Secondary Education, which is conducting the exam (JEE-Main) however, said that the board is anyway looking at shifting completely to the electronic mode soon. \"It is a faster process and saves a lot of time. Also, the board is looking at going completely electronic soon. This will surely be done in phases and major cities only will have computer-based test centres in the beginning,\" the official said.

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