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Odishatv Bureau

New Delhi: The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-Advanced) for the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will be conducted online from 2018.

The joint admission board, policymaking body on IIT admissions, took the decision at a meeting in New Delhi on Sunday.

In a statement, IIT Madras director and JAB 2017 chairman Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi said:

It has been decided that the JEE (Advanced) will be conducted in online mode from 2018 onwards. Further information regarding the examination will be provided by the JAB in due course.

The HRD ministry had earlier introduced the option of taking the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains online.

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The JEE (Mains) is the entrance examination for admission to engineering courses offered across the country and a qualifying exam for JEE (Advanced) which is required for admission to the prestigious IITs and NITs.

The board has taken the decision to go completely online to make logistics and evaluations easier, reported PTI citing a JAB member.

“The concept was being discussed for many years, but it was necessary to have adequate infrastructure to conduct the exam online,” the member added.

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More than 13 lakh students took the JEE (Mains) this year, with less than 10% of them going online. Around 2.2 lakh students were eligible to write the JEE (Advanced).

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