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By BASANT MOHANTY
  • Published 27.08.11
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New Delhi, Aug. 26: Candidates appearing in the IIT Joint Entrance Examination will be able to get a copy of their answer sheet immediately after the test from next year.

The Joint Admission Board, which oversees the examination, announced the decision today, explaining this would allow candidates to match their answers with model answers and evaluate their performance. Each answer sheet will have a self-carbon copy that the student can take home, it said.

The board also announced that candidates must blacken the Optical Response Sheet (ORS) with a pen, and not a pencil, as a check against tampering.

The exam application fee has been raised from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,800 but “female candidates will not have to pay any application fee”, said Surendra Prasad, director of IIT Delhi, which will conduct next year’s exam, scheduled for April 8. Earlier, girls had to pay half the fee.

The decisions come at a time the conduct of the IIT entrance test has come under Supreme Court scrutiny. Lawyer Prashant Bhushan has filed a petition on behalf of IIT Kharagpur teacher Rajiv Kumar, alleging irregularities such as errors in setting questions and tampering of ORS sheets. The apex court has referred the case to Delhi High Court.

Kumar has demanded that the IITs put up the correct answers on their website immediately after the exam so that students can assess their performance. He also wants the scanned answer sheets put up on the website after the results are declared.

“We have started putting the scanned answer sheets on the website from this year. The correct answers are also being put on the site within a few days of the test,” said S.G. Dhande, director of IIT Kanpur, which conducted the entrance exam this year.

There will be no change in the exam’s format next year, Prasad said. “The JEE will continue to be an objective-type test consisting of two papers. Both papers will have three separate sections: physics, chemistry and mathematics.”

The IITs and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, have decided to abolish the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET) through which they selected students for management courses.

From next year, these institutes will admit candidates from the merit list of the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management, Prasad said. “CAT is very similar to our JMET,” he said.

The IISc and the IITs in Mumbai, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai and Roorkee have been offering MBA degrees and master’s in other management programmes. About 40,000 students appeared for the JMET every year.

This year’s CAT will be held between October 22 and November 18 across 36 cities. Online registration began on August 17 and will continue till September 28. The computer-based test will be conducted by US firm Prometric.

Dhande said most of the IIT seats went to children from poor and middle-class families this year. Of the 9,300 students admitted to BTech courses in the institutes this year, 17 per cent were from families earning less than Rs 1 lakh a year and another 32 per cent from the Rs 1-3 lakh bracket.