The IIT-Bombay faculty forum,which met on Wednesday to see if a compromise formula can be worked out,decided they are ready to implement the new JEE from 2013,provided that the HRD Ministry agrees to their other conditions.
The suggestions of the IIT-Bombay senate,which had been disregarded by the Ministry,included implementing the new test from 2014 and not next year,making JEE-Advanced a subjective-type paper and not giving weightage to the Std XII board exams.
It was decided on Wednesday that we can support the introduction of the new exam format from 2013,provided that the first test (JEE-Main),to be used for filtering students,will not give any weightage to board marks. It was agreed that the board performance will be used as cut-off only,as per the existing practice. It was also decided that the second test for selected students will be conducted exclusively by the IITs. According to the ministry,the second test will be held on the same day as the main exam and the scores can be used by all engineering institutes. This is not acceptable to us, said a faculty member.
Faculty members decided that the IITs own JEE (second test) will be held on a separate date from main exam,possibly by the end of May after the results of the first test are available.