CBSE Published Guidelines for Scribes for JEE Main 2018

Last Updated - January 15 2018

Central Board of Secondary Education has revised its guidelines for scribe services to the person with disabilities appearing for Joint Entrance Exam. JEE Main is a nationwide Joint Entrance Exam organized by CBSE for the admission in BE/B.Tech and B.Arch. courses. The exam is scheduled for April 8, 2018 in offline method while the online method will be held on April 15 – 16.

CBSE has announced a corrigendum on January 10, 2018 for all the JEE Main candidates. There are many such aspirants who apply for the exam, so the change in the provision is to bring notice to such aspirants.

The guidelines were previously announced in the Information Brochure of JEE (Main) 2018. These were mentioned under para 2.5 (Provisions for Persons with Disabilities) page 10 of the Information Bulletin.

Scribe services are given to the aspirants who are Visually Impaired, Dyslexia or those who have the disability in the upper limbs or have lost finger/hands which make them unable to fill the Optical Answer Sheet (ORS). Basically, these are the aspirants who are unable to fill the bubbles on their ORS sheet because of any kind of difficulty as said in the JEE Main brochure.

The amendment said that only Class 11 students from the Science stream, with Mathematics as one subject can be the scribe for persons with disabilities. In the previous bulletin, only Class X students could only be the scribes for the appearing aspirants.

Guidelines for Scribes for JEE Main

  1. The aspirants with the disability should fill in the type and percentages of disability correctly in the online JEE Main Application Form. Any inaccurate information can affect their candidature.
  2. Only the aspirants, who have 40% or more disability, will be offered Scribe/Reader on the request of the aspirant.
  3. The aspirants will have the choice of opting their own scribe/reader or may submit the request to the center superintendent.
  4. After the request of the aspirant, the center superintendent will identify the scribe/reader students for the aspirant. This is the only task of the center superintendent to choose a scribe for the aspirant.
  5. However, if an aspirant requests to meet the scribe before an exam, they would be allowed to meet the scribe only a day before the examination to verify whether the scribe is appropriate or not.
  6. One other provision is that 1 hour (60 minutes) compensatory time will be allowed to the aspirants with 40% or more disability irrespective of the fact they are availing the facility of a scribe/reader.


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