Exams have been conducted on paper for a long time now. You get a question paper and an answer sheet to fill up your answers. However, with the advent of technology, things have changed in recent times from Paper Based exams to Computer Based Exams. With JEE Mains, AIIMS, VITEEE, and a lot of other exams taking this up, we thought you might be wondering why computer based exams make much sense.
Computer Based Exams
Why should there be a change that disrupts an order so comfortable? After all, mode of examination was the last thing on the mind of aspirants. Why did the need to change occur?
If we consider it from the point of view of organisers, we may know why most of the tests will go computer based very soon, maybe exclusively too.
Computer Based exams are more Economical
Paper Based exams incur a heavy cost including the transportation & printing cost which are the major costs. Computer based exams cut down this cost phenomenally. The only major cost in a computer based test is the Interface development cost & Human resource. Offline examination cost can easily be seen in excess of its online form.
Handle OMR sheet with care
From the point of view of students, they have to make sure they don’t tamper/fold their OMR sheets. They also have to ensure that they don’t change their answers too often as it may lead to non-readability by the OMR machine. With an online system, answers can be changed easily without any compromise in system quality. Work is also reduced on the end of examiners & nodal centers.
Human involvement is lesser
The question paper in a paper based test has to pass through many stages of human involvement & hence there are higher chances of faults. After all, to err is to human. This also exposes paper to the chances of a leak. Now, a leak is the worst scenario as re-examination is the last thing they want. In 2015, CBSE were ordered re-conduction of AIPMT due to a nationwide AIPMT leak. With an online system, there still are chances of a leak but it’s less compared to the offline mode.
Amount of paper handling in a completely offline system is huge. Whereas, the only major requirement of paper in computer based tests are the admit cards & rough sheets (circulated for the examinees during the exam). On an eco-friendly note, this saves a lot of paper.
One of the cons of Computer based tests, from organiser’s perspective, is that not all schools can serve as a center due to non-availability of sufficient computers. This has long been the constraint for exams to go online. However, this is bound to change in near future.
It is clear that a computer based test is certainly in best interest of both the aspirants and the organisers. So, there is a good chance that most of the exams will switch to the online mode really soon. Aspirants should try and adapt to the computer based version of tests too.
We recommend solving sample papers online and practicing questions online too (which you can do for free with us 😉 ) to help you get comfortable with the online format.