The Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP) constituted by the IIT Council under the Chairmanship of Prof Ashok Misra has submitted its report to the Government of India on 5 November, 2015. The Committee made the following recommendations:

Changes in the structure of JEE From 2018

A National Testing Service will be set up to conduct an Aptitude Test, for testing scientific aptitude and innovative thinking ability. The computer based aptitude test may be conducted 2 or more times in a year. Based on the performance, about 4 lakh candidates shall be short-listed for taking the JEE.

The JEE itself will be on the lines of the current JEE (Advanced) and designed to test the knowledge in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. From this, ranks will be issued to 40,000+ students who can seek admission in IITs and NITs based on a common counselling.

For 2016 and 2017

For 2016 and 2017, the practice of two tier JEE exam will be continued. The top 2,00,000 students from JEE (Main) will be allowed to appear in JEE (Advanced).

More than 40,000 ranks will be issued in JEE (Advanced).

Joint counselling for IITs and NITs will be continued.

Board marks will not to be counted for giving rankings this year for NITs, CFTIs, etc.

The Government has decided to place the recommendations of the Report in the public domain for widespread consultation with the stakeholders.