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IITs to publish JEE answer keys and OCRs

IITs have decided to post on websites the answer keys of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2012 as well as the answer copies of students, in a move which is expected to bring immense benefit to engineering aspirants.

Answer keys of the exam will be displayed on 3 May and the evaluated optical response sheets (ORS) of all the candidates will be displayed from 5 - 10 May on all JEE websites, said IIT Delhi Director R K Shevgaonkar today.

'The actual result will be displayed on 18 May. Before that the evaluated ORS will be available on the website from 5 - 10 May. Students can log on to the website and see their ORS,' he told reporters.

The aim, he said, is to provide students a window to lodge complaints if any before the results are announced.

'If the student has any doubt, then he can log on to the website and can complain. There would be a group of faculty from all IITs who will see if the complaints are genuine and if there is an error, then the correction will be done,' he said.

'We want to make the student see [the ORS] and be satisfied that the evaluation was done correctly,' he said, adding that he felt few complaints will be lodged.

The ORS of all the candidates will be displayed along with the machine read response and the marks scored.

Candidates can submit revision requests online in case of any perceived errors in the machine read responses online by 10 May.

This year over 4.79 lakh students sat for the examination, billed one of the toughest competitive tests.

The move comes even as the government is preparing the ground for holding a single common entrance test for admission to undergraduate programmes in IITs and other technical and science institutes from next year.

Asked about IIT Delhi's view on the proposed examination, Shevgaonkar said, 'discussions are going on at the senate level', hinting that a call could be taken before the IIT council meeting next week. Other IIT senates are also debating the issue.

The issue was reverted back to the senates after a meeting between HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and faculty federations, where they sought taking the proposal back to the senates for approval and favoured more time to implement it.

Shevgaonkar said some issues still persist. 'The results [of the state boards] come on time. The government is saying yes, but we know how state boards are run. If someone goes to court and the results are withheld, what will happen then?'

As per the plan, admission to the undergraduate courses will be done based on a ranking list prepared on the basis of two-part objective-type test and weightage to Class XII marks.

The director said all senate feedback will go to IIT council and final decision will be taken by it.
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