- Benefits of concessionary fee and reservations would be given only to those who have benchmark disability, i.e. not less than 40% impairment, irrespective of the type of disability. Candidates should submit a certificate issued by Chief Medical Officer / Civil Surgeon/ Medical Superintendent of a Government Health Care Institution. The certificate should be preferably in the format given in the Form V or Form VI or Form VII (as applicable) in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules, 2017 available here.
- Person with specified disability covered under the definition of Section 2 (s) of the RPwD Act, 2016, click here for additional information.
- PwD candidates who are visually impaired OR dyslexic (severe) OR have disability in the upper limbs OR have lost fingers / hands thereby preventing them from properly taking the Computer Based Test may avail the services of a scribe in accordance with the Office Memorandum issued by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (see Clause IV of F.No. 34-02/2015-DD-III dated August 29, 2018) (and subsequent corrigendum F.No. 34-02/2015-DD-III(pt) dated February 8, 2019). The option to request the services of a scribe has to be exercised by the candidates during the application stage. If they choose to utilize the services of a scribe, they would also be given an option to specify if they would arrange their own scribe or they would want to be provided with a scribe by the examination body.
- The assistance that the Scribe can render to the candidate is limited to ONLY reading the instructions and test paper displayed on the computer screen verbatim and in assisting with the mouse-clicks, if the candidate is not able to do so. The Scribe shall NOT translate / interpret / emphasize the Test Paper Contents to the Candidate.
Scribes arranged by Candidates:
- Candidate and the scribe should certify that the scribe satisfies the government guidelines and qualification of the scribe is one step below the qualification of the candidates taking the examination. Candidates using their own scribe will have to provide a letter of undertaking in the prescribed proforma (Appendix II of the OM F.No. 34-02/2015-DD-III dated August 29, 2018)
- Scribe must not be a candidate for a test paper in JAM 2023. NO honorarium will be paid to the scribe arranged by the PwD candidate.
- If PwD candidate have opted to bring their own scribe but do not do so on the day of examination, then it will not be possible to provide a scribe.
Scribes arranged by Examination Body:
- Scribes will be arranged for those PwD candidates who have requested to be provided with a scribe at the time of application.
- Qualification of the scribe arranged by test center will NOT be more than the minimum eligibility criteria of JAM 2023. However, the qualification of the scribe will be matriculation (10th) or above.
- If there are Y candidates who require scribe, it will be ensured that a panel of (Y+1) scribes is available at the exam centre so that every candidate can have an alternative scribe to choose for the services.Each eligible PwD candidate will be presented with TWO scribes on the day before examination. The candidate has to choose one from these two scribes. Candidates will NOT be permitted to bring their own scribe, if they have already requested to be provided with scribes. PwD Candidates are permitted to visit the Exam Centre a day before the examination to get familiarized with the arrangements.
- Candidates who are eligible to avail the facility of scribe can also opt for compensatory time of one hour, for the three-hour examination, even if they do not utilize the services of a scribe.
- This compensatory time of 60 minutes will be provided automatically, which needs to be checked in the server and candidate’s console. The option to request compensatory time has to be exercised by the candidates during the application stage. PwD candidates who are not eligible for the facility of scribe may be given the compensatory time provided that they submit a certificate to the effect that the candidate concerned has physical limitation to write from the Chief Medical Officer/ Civil Surgeon/ Medical Superintendent of a Government Health Care institution in the prescribed proforma (Appendix I of the F.No. 34-02/2015-DD-III dated August 29, 2018.
If it is found at any stage that a candidate has availed compensatory time, but does not possess the extent of disability that warrants the same, the candidate will be excluded from the process of evaluation, ranking and admission. In case such a candidate has already been admitted to any IIT, the admission of the candidate will be cancelled.