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Should IIT JEE exam include coding? Why and why not?

ProgrammingQuestion papers with coded answer sheets are now existing patterns of examination in most of the competitive tests. The candidate goes through the questions and then selects the answer code in a separate sheet attached with the question paper. Normally, the answer sheets get examined by the computer and it gives the perfect score in the answers of the candidate. Appearing such tests needs fastness in solving ability in the candidates. Wrong answers could lead to negative marking spoiling the marks obtained from the correct answers. Only the candidates with thoroughness in practice of the questions could score highly in solving the answers in such patterns of questions in the question papers.

Joint Entrance test for Engineering (JEE) has so far not included this pattern of question papers. As this test includes questions from Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, considered three royals among subjects, answering the questions needs depth in understanding. Let’s know about some of the difference that ‘coding’ would make to existing test pattern in JEE. Would changing the present pattern to coded pattern would become helpful to the students? Some views about this could shed light on this subject.

Coding is also now in vogue in all the entrance examinations taking place through computers. Many universities and college have begun conducting online entrance tests, which test the depth of the students through coded question papers and answer sheets. But this type of test is more suitable for the entrance examinations for studies involving one branch. Let’s take the instances of online entrance tests taking place all over India for admissions in Masters in Business administration (M.B.A.) or Masters in Computer application (M.C.A). Coding is more suitable for such entrance tests.

Why coding in JEE?

coding in JEEThe present JEE has established its credentials for testing  fertility of brains in thousands of meritorious students across India.  There goes no doubt that the present pattern in JEE is tough. It tests the meritorious students rigorously and gets only the best minds from the number of students. Over the years, JEE have become the most favorite career options for teeming millions in India. Although including coding system in such examination system would bring a completely new order in conducting this important entrance examination of India, it would at least not bring degradation to the present pattern of conducting the examination.

Introducing algorithm though coding in JEE could prove helpful in deciding the merit of the students. As the present competitive examinations in India have proven, coding is absolutely efficient in calibrating the merit of the students. Answering coded question papers through answer sheets would need special skill in the students and this would certainly make the students more comfortable with practice in computers.

The world stands computerized but why let alone JEE

computerAs world-wide computerization has spread at fastest rate, most of the examinations held across the world have accepted coding. Of course, there goes counter argument that subjects like mechanical engineering and civil engineering do not need much application from computer programming, the world is now getting more adjusted to evaluation by computerized system and therefore, earlier inclusion of coding system in JEE would go a long way in adding a meaningful dimension to the overall assessment of quality in the students aspiring for success in JEE. As this has already become an order in the examination system across the globe, the students in India would grow familiar with this by practicing this from an early age. This would remove the gap in quality of engineering graduates in India and rest of the world. Gradually, it would bring the JEE students at par with the best in the world.

Why NO Coding in JEE?

No facility of computers in remote corners in India

remote corners in IndiaNot only the students from the cities in India attend JEE but a number of students from rural area also appear at the same test. In the past, students from lower-middle class families in urban India also qualified in the JEE-IIT test. The relevant thing is students in rural areas and poorer classes in India might not have facility to have their computers and make intense practice, which is necessary for answering questions in the coded answer sheet.

JEE is only about problem solving

JEE is only about problem solvingPhysics, Chemistry, and Mathematics have stayed the three main subjects in JEE so far. The entrance test has forever remained successful in knowing the depth of the students in the three subjects by assessing their problem solving skills. Coding would not fit in completely with the needs of tests for all branches in JEE. Moreover, problem solving for Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics is an exhaustive practice and it needs analysis and effort, which could easily get done on pen and paper. While answering the coded question papers in a computer, every student might not feel comfortable as working out a solution in a computer involves a different method.

What about students appearing JEE in lingua franca?

A large percentage of candidates also appear at JEE through Hindi, which is our national language. So far coded answer sheets in Hindi are not available for students appearing entrance tests through computers in India. So it would pose a major problem for those students appearing JEE through Hindi language.

IIIT JEE- an entrance test for 12 lakh participants every year

As per the present statistics, almost 12 lakhs students appear at JEE every year. The number is steadily growing with increase in population. Arranging 12 lakh computers for the entrance test is a tough logistical problem for officials. Any technical snag during the time of entrance test could disrupt the entrance test to a great extent. So far, none of the government institutions has such preparedness, where 12 lakhs could get arranged to conduct the test without any problem. To maintain uniformity in the pattern of conducting test needs huge infrastructure as well as technical preparedness and this would become a burden on the exchequer without any guarantee for its success.