KOLKATA: The joint admission board (JAB), which conducts the IIT entrance examination, has announced that it will do away with multiple choice questions (MCQ) and instead opt for short answer type questions that require examines to key in the correct answers.
The announcement comes just a day after the JAB said the next IIT-JEE (Advanced) will be conducted online. JEE (Advanced) so far only had MCQs, where the correct answer had to be marked into Optical Mark Reading (OMR) sheets later evaluated by machines.
“The introduction of a computer-based test will give candidates access to keyboards. So, they will be able to provide correct answers through calculations, if necessary,” said a JAB source. “When the question pattern was multiple-choice, examines often took refuge in the process of elimination to guess the answer. Now, such opportunities will be limited,” he added.