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Over 19,000 Schools Told to Open Computer Labs for JEE Advanced Candidates

The schools, affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which administers the exam, have been asked to accommodate not just their own students, but also those from the neighbourhood.

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Updated:January 27, 2018, 9:14 AM IST
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New Delhi: Around 19,500 schools across India have been asked by the government to open their computer labs to candidates appearing for JEE Advanced so they can take mock tests, ahead of the online-based exam on May 20.

The move comes amid concerns that the online format of the entrance exam may put rural students at a disadvantage.

The schools, affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which administers the exam, have been asked to accommodate not just their own students, but also those from the neighbourhood, The Telegraph reported.

According to the report, the letter to the effect was sent by special secretary in the HRD ministry, R. Subramanian, to CBSE chairperson and commissoners of Kendriya Vidyalaya and Jawahar Navodaya.

"All the students who qualified to write JEE Advanced examination based on the JEE Main rank may be allowed free access to the computer centre of all the schools under your administrative purview to take a mock test provided online by IIT Kanpur," the report quoted the letter as saying.

The mock tests will be held from May 1 to May 15.

The JEE Advanced will be held for students who clear the JEE Mains exam on April 8. The JEE-Mains is the entrance examination for admission to engineering courses offered across the country and a qualifying exam for JEE-Advanced which is required for admission to the prestigious IITs and NITs.

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| Edited by: Ananya Chakraborty
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