"In order to make logistics and evaluations easier it was decided today that the JEE-Advanced should be made online," a JAB member said to PTI. The member also added "The concept was being discussed for many years, but it was necessary to have adequate infrastructure to conduct the exam online."
Now, instead of using pen and paper, students will take up the examination at designated centres where they need to answer the questions on a computer.
As of now, optical mark reading (OMR) sheets are used which need to be filled using pen or pencils and are evaluated by machines.
Further, in a statement, Director, IIT-Madras, and Chairman JAB 2017, 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 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 IITs and NITs.