IITJEE Evolution & Whether It Has To Be Replaced Or Not?


Over the years IITJEE has been an exclusive entrance test for admissions to UG & Integrated PG programmes in IITs. Each year one among the 15 IITs assume power to hold the national level Joint Engineering Entrance Test (JEE), the test is considered to be one of the toughest engineering entrance exams in the World. Approximately 2 out of 100 students would get admission in IIT, the sole criteria for admission has always been merit in the Joint Engineering Entrance Test.

JEE evolution

JEE which was initially called as Common Entrance Exam (CEE) which was conducted for the first time in the year 1960. The test had four subjects Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics & English Language, later on Common Entrance Exam was replaced to Joint Engineering Entrance Exam (JEE) as per the Institutes of Technology Act 1961.

JEE paper leak

In 1997, the JEE was conducted twice after the question paper was leaked in some centers.

(Read paper leak story)

JEE Screening & Main Examination

Between 2000 and 2005, an additional screening test was used alongside the main examination, intended to reduce pressure on the main examination by allowing only about 20,000 top candidates to sit the paper, out of more than 450,000 applicants.

In September 2005, an analysis group of directors of all the IITs announced major reforms to the examination. These were implemented from 2006 onwards. The revised test consisted of a single objective test, replacing the earlier two-test system.

In order to be eligible for the main examination, candidates in the general category must secure a minimum of 60% aggregated marks in the qualifying examination of the XIIth standard organized by various educational boards of India, while candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Physically Disabled (PD) categories must secure a minimum of 55%.

JEE in 2012

  • No application fee for girl aspirants
  • Category wise absolute cutoff marks has been imposed
  • Aspirants were given a copy of his or her OMR response sheet
  • Answer keys were released ahead of the JEE results

JEE for 2013

There has been news around that IITs will do away with IITJEE and participate in a common engineering entrance test proposed by MHRD. The confusion has not been resolved so far, IIT federation and IIT alumni has opposed the center’s move of replacing JEE. Officially there is no announcement from any of the IITs or from the IIT council, the proposal is still in discussion any conclusion will most likely doesn’t effect for JEE takers in 2013.

Such a change of replacing the test structure and selection process for the Institutes of national importance can’t be taken solely by the MHRD. Any change for the selection process in IITs will probably be from 2014; considering students who dropout just to crack JEE next year will be put on a disadvantage.

If board marks are to be considered then definitely it has to be intimated well in advance but beware folks take the board exams seriously in case if the proposal gets valid from 2013 then your class XII marks will have a say in the selection process of IITs.

There is absolutely no need of replacing IITJEE with any new entrance test, if MHRD’s view is to formulate a common entrance exam to include NITs, IITs, IIITs and all other engineering colleges then why not make JEE as a sole test? JEE has been tested, proved and implemented from decades. What are your views, do let us whether JEE is required to be changed?

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  1. It is better to look at the positive aspects of the ISEET proposed. ISEET should be conducted from 2013 onwards. It will do away with multiple entrance examinations and reduce the stress levels of students

  2. its merely a rubbish thing which kapil sipal is thinkin about introducing a new pattern he has forgotten that in india peoples wish is preffered its not a dictatorship where only one man would do everything

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