JEE Advanced To Go Completely Online From 2018
by MissionExam
Posted on 2017-08-21

The Joint Admission Board (JAB) has announced on Sunday that JEE Advanced, the entrance exam for admission to the top engineering colleges in India, the IITs, the IISC, and few other colleges will be conducted completely online from 2018. Let us now look at what it means for everyone:

JEE Advanced to go completely online | All you need to know

The JEE (Advanced) examination will be 100% ONLINE from year 2018. 100%means all the students who will qualify from JEE (Main) to JEE (Advanced) shall be asked to write the examination ONLINE.

  1. In the online mode, students will take up the examination at the designated centers where they need to answer the questions on a computer instead of using pen and paper. ONLINE means the examination paper can be viewed on a Computer Screen and the questions are to be attempted/answered and marked on the computer itself by using the mouse.
  2. Thus, it will put an end to the use of Pen (to mark bubbles in OMR) and Paper (the printed examination paper) in the examination hall. However, use of pen and paper may be allowed in the examination for rough-work with certain conditions.
  3. The JEE (Main) shall still be conducted in both OFFLINE (pen and paper mode) and ONLINE (computer-based mode) and students can opt for any of the modes, but JEE (Advanced) will be 100% ONLINE.

Why this change

The decision was taken after a chain of events happened in JEE Advanced 2017 which raised questions and objections.

  1. This year (2017), several candidates had raised objections over some questions in both the papers of JEE Advanced being incorrect.
  2. Following this, IIT Madras had decided to award 18 bonus marks to all the students who appeared in the examination, irrespective of whether or not they had attempted the questions.
  3. This was challenged by a student and the matter was taken up in the Supreme Court (SC). This invited a lot of criticism for IITs and even the SC put the counseling process on hold for few days.
  4. In the larger interest of students, the SC asked IITs to plug such loopholes in future and asked to submit an action plan through an affidavit.
  5. IIT-Madras, the conducting IIT for JEE Advanced 2017, had filed an affidavit in the court suggesting ways to prevent such mistakes happening in the future. One of the ways included was conducting the exam online.

Who has made the change

The JEE (Advanced) examination is conducted by a Joint Admission Board (JAB) formed by various IITs and every year one IIT heads the JAB in a rotational manner.

  1. JAB is the apex body which decides about the nature of the examination.
  2. JAB has been known for its experiment with the examination through small or big changes over a period of past few years.
  3. JAB, at its latest meeting on August 20, 2017 (Sunday), has decided that JEE (Advanced) will be conducted in ONLINE mode completely from 2018.
  4. Further information regarding the examination will be provided by the JAB in due course.

Pros of the change

The decision to conduct JEE Advanced in the online mode has certain positive implications.

  1. IITs would be able to declare results faster.
  2. It will provide greater transparency and accuracy.
  3. The evaluation process will be better, more accurate and error-free.
  4. It will have very less scope for printing and translation related errors.
  5. It will also take care of security issues because there will be no scope for question paper leaks.
  6. The online version of the test will make logistics easier and the printing costs would drop significantly.
  7. A multi-colour on-screen window or panel to view the status of questions at any time as attempted, visited, unanswered and to be reviewed later etc. will make the test taking process simpler.
  8. In an online examination, student can save sometime by using computer mouse and clicking the answers quickly instead of filling the bubbles with the help of a pen in an offline examination.
  9. In an offline examination, students were unable to correct their answers after bubbling the answers (fill in multiple-choice answers in the written test) but now (with the online mode) they can go back and change answers if they want to.
  10. To design the question paper scientifically, an online examination will take into account the difficulty level of the paper while setting the questions ranging from simple to difficult. Further, post- paper analysis can also be done in multiple ways.

Challenges and opportunities

The decision has posed certain challenges and opportunities to a wide range population including students, parents, institutions, and government as well as private organizations.

Challenges for IITs

The IITs will face big challenges as it is the first-time they will conduct the exam in online mode at such a big scale.

  1. They will face the challenge in conducting the examination on a single day in a single shift.
  2. They will have to provide training facilities to applicants to appear in mock-tests prior to the actual exam.

Challenges for students

The students will face problem in:

  1. Changing their mindset towards taking tests online
  2. Getting exposure to computers and practicing online

Students must start solving MissionExam unlimited JEE Advanced practice questions in online mode to get familiar to using computer systems.

Challenges for schools

The school will have to provide:

  1. Computer infrastructure
  2. Testing platform
  3. Motivation to students to practice online testing

Challenges for coaching institutes

Coaching institutes will have to make big investments in order to give proper training to the students. They have to make investments in:

  1. Computer infrastructure at a big scale
  2. Sophisticated and robust testing platform

They will also have to play a major role to change the mindset of students and academicians (faculty).

Challenges for parents

Parents have another reason of worry to overcome now.

  1. They have to motivate their children and change their mindset
  2. They will have to bear additional expenses for their children's online practice.


The decision has opened massive opportunities for:

  1. Software/App development companies
  2. IT infrastructure companies and institutions
  3. Online testing trainers and instructors
  4. Data analytics and data analyzers
  5. Content developers and providers

Concluding Remarks:
Online Testing is a reality now and it is the future of competitive examinations. Several examinations have already gone online in past few years. So, it was expected from IITs (technology institutions) to conduct their entrance examination in online mode too.

IITs have been thinking about going online for last three or four years. Earlier, it didn't look easy as there were difficulties like the number of places where they can conduct the examination (as number of applicants were very high; over five lakh in its IIT-JEE avatar). Now, it looks feasible to conduct online exam for over two lakh candidates.

Since it has been announced, it should be welcomed and accepted wholeheartedly. The Internet and IT infrastructure is well-placed now a days and can accommodate the change without much problems. Students are recommended to prepare and study JEE-Main & JEE-Advanced in online mode.

The education eco-system (schools, coaching institutes and teachers/instructors) should gear up towards online testing quicker than ever in the past. To ensure students do not face any problem in taking the test online, provision for sufficient training should be made where they are allowed to take JEE Advanced mock tests and operate the system. Schools and coaching institutes should also provide an opportunity to the students so that they can use the computers.

It will have backlash on traditional teaching methodology (chalk and talk). It will almost bring 'off-line examination related issues' to almost zero.


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