Understanding the Joint Entrance Exams

This article gives complete information about the new JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced exams which will be the new common entrance exams for admissions to undergraduate engineering programs in India from 2013.

Let us see the details about the format and evaluation process of the new joint entrance exam for engineering students for admission to IITs, NITs, IISERs and other engineering colleges in India.

Overview of Joint Entrance Exams

For many years, the abbreviated words ‘IIT-JEE’ had become synonymous with admissions to the various undergraduate engineering programs to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) in India.

From the year 2013, the ‘IIT’ prefix will no longer be applicable as there will be only the suffix ‘JEE’. “one nation, one test”.

This means that there will be a merger of JEE and AIEEE (All-India Engineering Entrance Examination). Instead of these, from next year there will be two new joint entrance exams: JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced.

JEE exams evaluation procedure:

Basically there will be a 3-step process to get admissions to IITs in India:

1. JEE-Main exam:

The JEE-Main examination will be the basis of determining which candidates will get admissions after noting their performance in the Class XII Board exam. This means that the cumulative marks of both, the Class XII exam & the JEE-Main exam, will be taken into account. As for the types of questions in the JEE-Main exam will be in the format of multiple-choice questions.

2. JEE-Advanced exam:

The candidates whose scores are in the top 50,000 in the JEE-Main exam will then have to appear for the JEE-Advanced exam. The Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the IITs will set the questions for this exam paper and also do the evaluation & preparation of the AIR list (point 3 below).

3. Final All-India-rank (AIR) list:

The marks scored in the JEE-Advanced exam will determine the candidate’s rank in the AIR list.

Features of Joint Entrance Exams

  • The admissions process as outlined above will apply to:
  1. National Institutes of Technology (NIT),
  2. Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) and
  3. other engineering colleges which are funded by the Central Govt.

In short, what this means is that from 2013 there won’t be any separate examination for admissions to non-IIT institutes.

    • For admissions to IITs, 50% weightage will be given to a candidate’s marks in the Class XII Board exams.

    • For admissions to NITs and other non-IIT institutes, it will be 40% weightage for the marks scored in Clas XII Board exams + 30% to marks scored in the JEE-Main + 30% to marks scored in the JEE-Advanced.

    • The JEE-Main and the JEE-Advanced will both be conducted on the same day.

    • The IITs may also use the weightage system for NITs and non-IITs in 2015, if they are satisfied that it is an effective system.

    Implications of new JEE exams

In the light of the new JEE exams, all engineering institutes will need to change their academic plans to adjust to the new format. What’s more, students can no longer take the Std.XII Board exams lightly! They will need to give it a lot of importance. Of course, coaching classes will benefit the most since they now will start & charge more for separate training programs for each of the exams, the Main and the Advanced.

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