After debating for weeks, the IIT Council finally gave its go ahead on the new format for the common entrance test for admission into engineering colleges, 2013. The test will now be a two-tier test where students will need to first appear for the JEE-Main examination followed by JEE-Advanced. Only the top 1.5 lakh students who clear JEE-Main will qualify to appear for JEE-Advanced (formerly known as AIEEE) which will be held for those students seeking admissions into the IITs. However, of the students who clear the advanced examination, only those who were the top 20% in the various board exams will be granted seats in the various IITs.
Since the number of students clearing the JEE-Advanced examination is high, the council is now deliberating upon whether to adopt a subjective test approach for the advanced examination. Currently, the JEE pattern tests students using the Multiple-choice questions (MCQ) format.
If the format of the examination changes to a subjective format, the preparation for the exams will need to alter accordingly. For a subjective paper, students will need to understand the concepts well and apply them appropriately to succeed.
With the possibility of a change in pattern, the books that students will need to refer to might also change. Watch out for the latest on IIT JEE Books as chances are what you have or are planning to refer to while preparing for the exams are not up to date.