If a candidate finds any discrepancy, he or she can lodge a complaint online. These evaluated answer sheets will be available online from May 5 to May 10. The facility to submit requests for revision will close at 5pm on May 10 after which representatives of all IITs will meet to consider the requests. If found correct, the responses will be updated by May 14. According to IITD director, R Shevgaonkar, it may happen that the scanner does not pick up correct responses if a candidate has not filled the response bubble completely.
Naturally, the answer sheet will have to be provided for candidates to be able to compare. This is a huge step forward in improving transparency in the JEE and it will reinforce public confidence in the exam, which has stood the test of time. One wonders why such a simple step was not taken earlier- and why others in the business (such as IIMs) have not done likewise.
The big reform in the JEE, which is assigning a suitable weight to the 12th standard exam, has been stymied by concerns amongst IIT faculty about being able to normalise across various boards. This is a legitimate concern but it's worth mentioning that the IIMs have already gone ahead with giving a 30% weight to earlier exams. The underlying principle is unexceptionable: one cannot judge a candidate's merit on the basis of a single test where the difference in scores between one candidate and another is miniscule.