The Co-curricular and Academic Interaction Council (CAIC) and The Student Affairs Council (SAC) of IIT Delhi concluded a survey on the proposed reforms in JEE. The survey asked the IIT Delhi students about their views on the proposed system especially with respect to the inclusion of Board marks, ‘one nation, one exam, one day’ policy and the quality of decision-making procedure. A total of 921 responses were recorded, students were asked to login using their unique entry number and academic system’s login password thus ensuring authenticity and one vote per person.
The response has been neatly summarized in the survey report, careermitra.com has accessed the survey report below is an excerpt from the original.
Analysis of the response
A majority of the students (93%) are opposed to the new format of the JEE. Only 5% of the respondents felt that the new format will lead to a reduction in stress, thereby questioning the credibility of the claims made by the MHRD. Further, 87% of the students believe that the way in which the decision has been made leaves much to be desired. Therefore, there should be more debates and discussions involving the stakeholders: faculty, students, alumni, and then a proper decision should be taken and implemented from 2014. As many as 78% students felt that the new test will lead to a reduction in quality of the students being admitted to the IITs. 88% of the students want IIT Delhi to go ahead to support the IITK proposal to conduct the existing JEE, if the MHRD will not reconsider its decision. Regarding the pattern of the exam, quite a few students (52%) desire that the JEE be returned to its pre-2006 format with a subjective main exam after an objective screening exam, however an equally high 44% are in support of the status quo.
Suggestions and comments
The students commented that the hasty procedure followed by MHRD was the most shocking of all actions. They expressed their strong disapproval towards the attempts made to rob IITs of their autonomy which is much-needed if IITs are to remain world-class institutions. They fail to understand how a make-all-or-break-all exam on a given day would not put unprecedented pressure on students. Many argued that though ‘one nation-one exam’ policy is in principle a positive move towards integrating India’s education system, improvements in the high-school education system are a pre-requisite for it. Board exams being neglected by engineering aspirants may be an important concern but students point out that the reason behind that is the ability to fare well in Boards through rote learning and the ills of non-uniform checking and ‘general marking’. These travails make the student demotivated enough to expect marks within a deviation of atleast 5% of their original expectation, which can effectively make or break an aspirant’s future. Additionally, the difference in curriculum and difficulty level across different Boards despite the normalization makes the Board exams fit for screening criteria only. Most suggest that a tiered exam system would be best, with a common nation-wide exam which acts as Prelims for JEE followed by a tougher objective/subjective Mains Exam exclusively for the IITs. The SAT system of multiple exams a year with the best attempt’s scores being counted finally, was also hailed as an essential stepping stone towards the desired ‘one nation, one exam’ policy.
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