The state joint entrance board will hold the biology exam between noon and 2pm on April 19 so that examinees, especially those from suburbs and the districts, don’t face any problem reaching home after the test.
The physics, chemistry and mathematics exams will be held on April 20.
To enhance security, the board will collect thumb or finger impressions of candidates on portable biometric identifier machines in the exam hall. The impressions collected will be matched with the ones to be collected during admission, board chairman Bhaskar Gupta said.
Last year, the board had considered collecting biometric data of the examinees but did not do so eventually.
The board’s academic sub-committee had earlier this month decided to hold the biology exam between 3pm and 5pm.
But in the JEE board’s meeting on November 18, members proposed that the exam be held between noon and 2pm so the examinees could return home early and have enough time to prepare for the next day’s exams.
“We considered the proposal and decided to conduct the biology exam between noon and 2pm,” said board chairman Gupta.
A board official said that if the biology exam was held in the 3-5pm slot, many students might find it difficult to return home as public transport is thin on weekends (April 19 is a Saturday) and the frequency decreases further in the evening.
A board member said the problem would have been felt more by examinees from suburbs and adjacent districts, a large number of whom appear in the JEE at various centres in the city every year.
“The JEE next year will comprise four papers as chemistry and physics have been made separate papers this year. The test will have to be held over four days and students can’t write all four papers in a day,” said a member of the board.
The state government allowed the board to hold the biology test next year after the Supreme Court had in August scrapped the common medical entrance exam.
Schools and colleges which will host JEE would remain closed on April 19. The board had earlier scheduled the biology exam between 3pm and 5pm so that at least a few classes could be held that day.
“The government would ask the institutes to suspend classes to hold the public exam,” said the member.
Candidates of JEE 2014 would be asked to download admit cards online as the board has decided to scrap the practice of sending the cards by post, said board president Gupta.
This year the board is keeping the provision for online payment of the exam fee using debit cards or through Netbanking. “Last year, student filled in the forms online but had to pay the fee in any branch of Allahabad Bank. Next year students can pay the fee using debit cards or through Netbanking,” said a board member.
- Maths: 9.30am-11.30am
- Physics: 12.30pm-2pm
- Chemistry: 3pm-4.30pm