Should I take the online or offline test for JEE Main ?


Should I take the online or offline test for JEE MainShould I take the online or offline test for JEE Main?: JEE Main 2017 is one of the most coveted examination held for engineering aspirants in our country. The Joint Entrance Examination for paper I is held in the both online and offline mode. At the time of filling up the application form, candidates fall under a dilemma regarding the mode they should choose for the paper. In the article given below on this page, we have provided the pros and cons of both the mode of examination. After going through the article, candidates will be able to decide which mode suits them the best. So, here we go!




At first, let us discuss about the mode that we have been following since we were kids. The pen and paper based examination is the one we are most familiar with. In the JEE Main 2017 offline test, the question paper will have questions in English and Hindi. Candidates will be provided with an OMR sheet. They have to mark the answers by darkening the bubble of the appropriate answer with a blue/black pen. Now, let check the two sides of the coin from below:

Advantages of Pen and Paper based Examination

Check the pros of the offline mode of examination given below:

Familiarity with the offline pattern

As most of the exams that we have appeared for at school was through the offline mode, it is more well-known among the students. This familiarity with the traditional mode makes students consider the offline mode as a more safer option.

Go back and forth the Question Paper

In the offline mode, candidates can go through the questions and decide how and when to attempt the questions as per their convenience.

No need to worry about any Technical Glitches

There have been many instances in the past where candidates have complained about encountering technical glitches in the online mode. However, in the offline mode, candidates can focus on solving the paper without getting worried about any technical difficulty.

Disadvantages of Pen and Paper based Examination

The traditional mode of the exam has some drawback as well. Check them out below:

Marking answers in the OMR sheet is Time- Consuming

In the offline mode, as candidates have to mark their response by filling the bubbles, it consumes more time. Candidates have to be alert while marking answers in the OMR sheet as it needs to be very accurately done. As JEE Main is time bound, every single second counts and the time that is consumed while filling the bubbles can otherwise be utilised for attempting other questions.

Once marked, response cannot be changed

One of the major drawbacks of the online mode is that once a candidate marks the answer, it cannot be changed at a later stage. It has been witnessed that candidates sometimes mark a wrong response in hurry but the woe is they cannot correct it.

Advantages of Computer Based Examination

In the online mode, i.e. the computer based examination, all the questions will appear on the screen and candidates have to use the mouse to mark their response. Check the pros of the online mode below:

Change the response or mark it for review

  • Unlike the offline examination, changing the answers in an online exam is easy. Candidates can review and edit their answers at any point of the examination.
  • Candidates can mark the answer for review if they are unsure. They can come back to the question at any point of time to review the response.
  • On the right side of the computer screen, there is a question palette. The palette has 6 buttons of different colours indicating the answered questions, unanswered questions, questions marked for review and Questions not visited. Candidates can simply click on the buttons to view the total number of questions in each of the above mentioned sections.

Consumes less time

In the online mode, the answer can be marked with a click which consumes less time in comparison to the pen and paper based examination. That time can be utilised by candidates to solve other questions or to review their answers.

Select the slot as per convenience

Applicants can select the day and timings of the examination according to the slots available, based on their convenience. This facility is not available in the offline mode.

Disadvantage of Computer Based Examination

As the online examination was recently introduced, its efficiency comes under speculation. Some of the drawbacks of the offline mode is given below:

Prone to Technical Glitches

In the online mode, there are chances that candidates might face technical glitches or connectivity error such as power cut. This can especially be seen in smaller towns. If any candidate gets an instinct that they might face such problems, simply rule out this option. (Always trust you Instincts!)

Unavailability of Question Paper after Exam

Unlike the pen and paper based exam, candidates in the online mode are not given the question paper to take home for future reference.

Pay less for the Application Form

To validate the application form, candidates have to make a payment of the requisite amount. The application fee for both the modes differ. Candidates appearing in the computer based examination have to pay a lesser amount than the pen & paper mode.

As both the mode of JEE Main has its own pros and cons, candidates must opt for the one which is more suitable for them. To get familiar with the pen & paper based examination, candidates can take the help of JEE Main Sample Papers. Practice them to get more acquainted with the traditional mode of examination.

Candidates who wish to take the online mode but are skeptical at the same time, take the mock test. Know about your compatibility with the computer based examination and if you find it more convenient, then your move.

Every student’s mind works differently, so, weigh the pros and cons of both the modes and decide accordingly. Choose the one which brings the best out of you. Good Luck!!