To enter the gateway of the prestigious IITs, it is imperative to appear in JEE Advanced, which is the second exam of the esteem Joint Entrance Examinations. All those candidates who have scored valid marks in the first exam, i.e. JEE Main will be eligible to appear in JEE Advanced, provided they fulfil the rest of the prescribed eligibility criteria too. Candidates who will qualify in JEE Advanced will have to participate in counselling and seat allotment procedure organised by Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA), the body set up by MHRD for the purpose.

JEE Advanced 2018 is being organised by IIT Kanpur this year. This year, it is being conducted in online mode, which is unlikely, following the past year trends.

The Organising Chairman of the Joint Admission Board (JAB), the body that frames the policies and norms for seat allocation to IITs, says,

“The examination is going to be conducted in computer based test (CBT) mode. The service provider is responsible for providing the servers which are thoroughly vetted and audited by experienced personnel from the IIT system and also by the operations team of the service provider.”

What's New in JEE Advanced 2018

The national level engineering entrance exam at undergraduate level has also revised the number of seats by increasing them to 4000. This implies that 2,31,024 JEE Main qualified candidates will be able to appear in the exam, unlike previous year, when only 2,20,000 JEE Main qualified candidates were allowed to appear.

To increase the opportunities for PwD candidates, the horizontal reservation for them have been increased to 5% from 3%. The measure to curb the prevalent gender disparity has also been taken by making 14% mandatory seats for girls across IITs, which was earlier only 8%. In fact, supernumerary seats will be created for female candidates in case of shortage of regular seats.

The application fee for JEE Advanced exam has also been revised for all category candidates which is exclusive of GST. This year, candidates had to choose five exam centres instead of three, like it was the case last year.

IIT Kanpur has released 6 mock tests.

Why Computer Based Test

The announcement of JEE Advanced 2018 being conducted in online mode was made with it’s website going live in September. As per the authorities, the decision has been taken to improve transparency in the exam conduction and checking process and also to reduce the chances of having any wrong questions or options in the paper unlike last year.

Since, it’s a national level exam and is being conducted in Computer Based Mode for the very first time, there are chances of technical errors and glitches. To avoid this and not hamper the performance of candidates appearing in the exam, the system of any candidate malfunctions anytime during the test, he or she will be immediately allotted another computer system and the time lost due to this will be adjusted in the server so as to give the candidate the full allotted time of 3 hours (180 minutes) to answer the questions in each paper. Extra buffer computers have been arranged at every examination centre to meet any such eventualities.

Last Year Exam Analysis

The JEE Advanced exam last year was relatively easy in comparison to past two years as observed by most of the aspirants. The paper consisted of the following three sections:

  • In section 1 had seven questions having four options each. 4 marks were awarded to candidates if all the correct options were selected while 2 marks were deducted if incorrect options were chosen. Partial mark of 1 was given to each correct option in case the incorrect option was not selected.

  • In section 2, five questions were asked. The answer to the questions had to be a single digit integer ranging from 0 to 9, both inclusive. Full 3 marks were awarded for the correct answers and there was no negative marking.

  • Six questions of the matching type were asked in section 3. Three questions based on the two tables, each having 3 columns and 4 rows were there in the section. Each question had four options out of which only one was correct. 3 marks were given for the correct answers whereas 1 mark was deducted for the incorrect responses.