Two shots at JEE Advanced from 2014

New Delhi, Nov. 30: Students unable to take the JEE-Advanced, the second in the two-tier IIT entrance, may get another chance in the same month from 2014.

Union HRD minister M.M. Pallam Raju is considering a demand for another exam after certain sections pointed out that the JEE Advanced is a make-or-break test. If a student is unable to appear for personal reasons, he or she stands to miss out on admission to IITs that year.

"The minister is considering the demand for the JEE-Advanced to be held more than once within a limited window. It would help students unable to take the test either because of illness or any other reason," an official said.

The IITs will follow JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced while other centrally funded technical institutions like the NITs will select students through JEE-Main along with weightage to board marks.

The JEE-Main, the tier-one exam to be conducted by the CBSE, will be both a computer-based and pen-and-paper test. In the computer format, students can take the test any day within a 15-day period from April 8 to April 25, 2013.

While JEE-Main gives enough scope to students to take the test according to their convenience, the JEE-Advanced, a pen-and-paper test, is held on a specific date and does not offer such flexibility, the official said.

But the IIT faculty suggested the proposal to hold JEE-Advanced more than once may not be feasible and would be opposed. "A test involves a lot of effort, starting from preparing the question papers to conducting the exam. It will be difficult to hold a similar pen-and-paper test within a month," one faculty member said.