OLE Exam Pattern: Key Highlights

  • Online Exam(OLE) is a computer-based test that will be conducted in online mode

  • OLE question paper will consist of multiple-choice questions (MCQs)

  • The questions will be displayed on a computer screen randomly

  • On MCQs, the candidate needs to select the correct answer, in case numerical answer type, the candidate must enter the numerical answer using a mouse and virtual keyboard ( the keyboard attached to the computer will be disabled)

  • The candidate will have to complete the test in the allotted time hours. After the allotted hours, the screen will automatically close down and no further action will be possible.

  • During the exam, the candidate should be ready with a scribble pad where the candidate can do all his rough work. 

  • Each question paper will contain questions related to the Selected exam in addition to subject-specific questions.


Design of Questions in OLE Exam System

The questions that will be asked in OLE Exam may be designed to test the following abilities of the candidate:

  • Recall: Questions in this category are related to programming, facts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline of the paper. The aim is to test the memory and computation skills of the candidate.

  • Comprehension: These questions test the candidate’s basic understanding of his/her chosen subject. The candidate is required to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.

  • Application: To answer questions in this category, the candidate has to rely on his/her computational and logical reasoning skills.  

  • Analysis and synthesis: These questions are accompanied by data, diagrams, and images. The candidate has to analyse the information contained in them to find the answers.

General Instructions for OLE System

The instructions listed are to be followed by the candidate after he/she enters the examination centre:

  1. Calculators, mobile phones, and wrist watches with calculation facilities are not allowed inside the exam hall.

  2. The candidate, however, will be able to use a virtual calculator provided by OLE. It will be available on the screen. To view full screen, the candidate will have to hide the answer palette by clicking on the arrow signs

How to answer questions in OLE Exam System?

The computer screen will have a clock that will be set on the server. At the top right corner of the screen, there will be a countdown timer which will inform you about time available for you to complete the exam. The computer will close automatically once the timer touches zero and the exam will end.

in case of sections, the first section time is elapsed automatically the second section will be enabled and will be the same for more sections if applicable on the OLE exam.

On the right side of the screen, a Question Palette will be displayed showing the status of each question using one of the following symbols:




Navigating to a Question:

  1. To go directly to a question, the candidate has to click on the question number given on the Question Palette

  2. By clicking on the Question Paper button, the candidate can view all questions simultaneously. However, the options for multiple choice type questions will not be displayed.

Answering a Question:

1. Procedure to answer multiple-choice type questions:

  • To select the correct option, the candidate has to click on the button given against that option

  • To deselect a chosen option, click on the option again. Or else, the candidate may click on the Clear Response button

  • To change an option, the candidate may click on any of the other available options

2. Procedure to answer numerical answer type questions:

  • The candidate has to use the virtual keyboard to enter the answer (a number)

  • If the answer is a number in decimal notation (eg. -0.3 or -.3), it can be entered with or without ‘0’ before the decimal point.

  • To clear a response, the candidate has to click on the Clear Response button

3. To change the answer to a question that the candidate has already answered, first select need to select that question for answering and then follow the steps for answering such type of question


Saving Answers

  1. To save an answer, the candidate has to click on the Save & Next button. For marking a question for review, the candidate must click on Mark for Review & Next button

  2. Once the allotted time in minutes is over, the all the answers attempted by the candidate will be automatically submitted

Additional Instructions:

  • Before sitting in Exam, the candidate is urged to go through and understand the various symbols that will be used in the test

  • Once the exam commences, the candidate can view the entire list of questions in the question paper by clicking on the Question Paper button

  • If there is any useful data given in the question paper of OLE Exam, the candidate will have to use it to answer a question. If such data is missing but the candidate it to answer a question, the data can be accessed by clicking on Useful Data at top, right side of the computer screen.

  • MCQs will have four choices A, B, C, D, out of which only one answer is correct. To choose the correct answer, the candidate will have to click on the radio button placed before the choice. In the case of NAT questions, a numerical answer must be entered using the virtual numeric keypad.

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