The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has been awarded the responsibility of conducting the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2017. With this announcement, the preparations for maintaining the official JEE Advanced website, crafting question papers, and other exam related tasks have already commenced at the institute.
JEE Advanced 2016 that determined the fate of 1.56 lakh engineering aspirants was conducted by IIT Guwahati.
For the uninitiated, JEE Advanced happens to be second step in the two-tiered JEE exam system. It serves as the gateway to the India’s most prestigious engineering institutions, the IITs.
An IIT Guwahati official confirmed the move and stated that the process of handling over all necessary details including the control of the official JEE website was already completed on August 20, 2016.
Worth noting, on August 23, 2016, the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar stated that the National Aptitude Test (NAT) was unlikely to come as a replacement for the JEE anytime soon.
However, he reaffirmed the government’s intentions of eventually introducing NAT as a single, unified testing system for admission to all leading technical institute across India (including the IITs) at some point in the future.
In a relevant news, the JEE exam may soon be based on only class 12 syllabus. A proposal for the implementation of this major change is already under evaluation by the HRD ministry. If the government decides to wave the green flag, all necessary changes will be implemented from next year.