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All IITs, NITs and IIITs will offer “single window” online counselling to successful candidates under the proposed common entrance test for admission to centrally-funded technical institutions from April 2013.

To ensure efficient management of the common entrance test, a 10-member JEE Apex Board (JAB) will be constituted.  “It will be the central authority to be notified by the Councils of IITs, NITs and competent authorities of centrally-funded technical institutions," a Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry official told Deccan Herald.

The JAB, to be headed by an eminent academician with representatives from IITs, NITs, IIITs, CBSE, AICTE and the Ministry of HRD, will be the final authority on policies, rules and regulations for 2013 test.

Following requests from the Indian Institutes of Technology, the HRD Ministry has agreed to retain the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) tag for the combined entrance test.

Although the Ministry has decided to conduct the countrywide test for technical institutions funded by it from April 2013, it has kept the doors open to other institutions as well, including those run by the states, to align with the new system in order to reduce the burden of facing multiple tests for students. Each year, the JAB will set up three other bodies—JEE Academic Group (JAG), JEE Delivery Group (JDG) and JEE Interface Group (JIG).

The JEE Academic Group with specialists primarily from the IITs will be responsible for setting the question papers. It will also involve experts from the fields of statistics, education and psychology in order to develop quality test models comparable with similar examinations abroad.

“The questions will be evaluated from both content as well as psychometric viewpoint,” a Ministry official said. The delivery processes such as collection of application forms, fees, coordination with zonal offices and delivery of test papers will be the responsibility of JEE Delivery Group (JDG). While the central office of the JDG will be located at CBSE headquarters in New Delhi, it will have zonal offices across the country.

Coordination with school boards, tackling legal hurdles, providing foolproof security and evaluating school board performance of applicants will be handled by the JEE Interface Group (JIG). The entrance test will have two parts—Main and Advance. The ‘Main’ will be a test of “foundational understanding” of the candidate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at 10+2 level.

The ‘Advance’ test will test the “problem-solving abilities” of students, besides “skills of problem formulation and incisive thinking”. Both the tests will be of 180 minutes duration each.

The entrance test, to be conducted at least twice a year, will be designed by domain experts in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

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