The big ticket Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for 2014 is all set to become the first major exam in the country to have a fully online application process. It is using technology to good effect by ensuring the entire pre-exam process is a paperless affair. There is now no need to send any document to JEE office as even things like signature and thumb impression will be uploaded online.
The online application process scheduled to start from November 15 will require students to keep scanned images (in JPEG format only) of their signature, thumb impression and photographs ready. After filling the form online, students will be asked to upload the scanned images to JEE server after which they can pay the examination fee online via debit/ credit card. After submission, an acknowledgement slip will be generated that has to be printed and kept safely for future reference. Students can also pay the fee at any branch of listed banks by generating an e-challan online.
JEE and its predecessor All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) have in the last couple of years been trying to bring their entire system online to provide a more secure delivery mechanism. Online exams started under the AIEEE regime and Nagpur had been designated as an online-only centre since. The nearest offline centre from the city was Amravati. It is likely things will remain the same this year but an official confirmation will come only on November 14 when the information bulletin comes online.
Maharashtra, along with Odisha and Gujarat, makes its debut in the new JEE after having scrapped its state specific entrance test called MT-CET. All students who seek admission in state engineering colleges will have to apply for JEE (main). This exam will also be the sole gateway for admissions to NITs, IIITs and other centrally funded technical institutions. The merit rank shall be prepared based on 40% weightage to school Boards marks in Std XII and 60% weightage to JEE (main).
JEE will have Paper I (for BE / BTech) and Paper II (for BArch / BPlanning) and each will be of three hours. While Paper I is available in both offline and online modes, Paper II is offline only. The prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and ISM Dhanbad will continue to use JEE (Advanced) as their entrance test. Only those students who clear JEE (main) will be eligible to appear for the advanced exam.