NEW DELHI : Students still prefer traditional
paper and pen method over the computer mode, say a
The report credited to Vanita Srivastava and published
in The Hindustan Times on April 6 says that of
the total number of aspirants appearing for the Joint
Entrance Exam---JEE (main), a mere 14% have opted for
the computer mode of writing the examination. The paper
and pen based JEE (Main) is to be held on April 7.
According to sources of the total 1,297,709 candidates
who will be appearing for the JEE (Main) , only 180,644
have chosen the computer-based online exam over the old
fashioned paper and pen method.
Among the candidates 50,386 girls and only 130,258 have
chosen for computer centric exam. While there are 2015
centres spread across 82 cities for the traditional
method, , there are only 276 centres across 31 cities
for computer-based exam.
The online exam will be held on April 9, 22, 23 and 25.
Though the exam fees for female candidate is half that
of a male aspirant , girls constitute a mere 27%—
343,939— of the total number of candidates.
IIT exam from this year will be two phased—JEE (Main)
and JEE (Advanced).
Only the top 1.5 lakh students from JEE (Main) will be
eligible for JEE(Advanced) on June 2. The rest will be
given admission to the different National Institutes of
Technology (NIT) and other centrally-funded institutes
according to their ranks.
Of the total candidates who would be appearing, 261,187
candidates have not opted for JEE.
The JEE (Main) — earlier called the All India
Engineering Entrance Examination — which picks students
to the NITs and other central schools and shortlists
150,000 top students for a second round test to select
students for the IITs — is currently conducted mostly in
the pencil-paper format. But in 2012, the CBSE started
offering a computerised version for a few students at
select centres, spread over a few days.
“Now we want to check whether we are ready to take the
big leap towards dumping the pencil-paper format
completely,” a senior CBSE official said.