Joint Entrance Exam to be conducted on April 12
Around 3.95 lakh students will appear for the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE) this Sunday to compete for the 7,300 seats (approx) across the country.
The 15 IITs at Bhubaneshwar,Bombay,Delhi,Chennai,Roorkee,Kharagpur,Kanpur,Patna,Gandhinagar,Guwahati,Hyderabad,Punjab,Himachal Pradesh,Indore and Rajasthan along with Banaras Hindu University (BHU),Varanasi,and Indian School of Mines University (ISMU),Dhanbad,accept JEE score for admission to undergraduate courses.
Last year 3.11 lakh students appeared for the exam.
The number of seats has increased this year owing to the new IITs and Other Backward Class (OBC) reservation making the seat to student ratio 1: 54.
The two new IITs at Himachal Pradesh and Indore offer B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering,Electrical and Mechanical engineering. There are 120 seats in each of the two IITs. IITB will mentor IIT Indore and Gandhinagar while IITD will mentor IIT Himachal Pradesh. At each of the old IITs (Bombay,Delhi,Chennai,Guwahati,Roorkee,Kharagpur,Kanpur),BHU and ISMU,there will be an 18 per cent reservation for OBC candidates. There will be a 27 per cent OBC reservation in the new IITs besides a 15 per cent reservation for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5 per cent reservation for Scheduled Tribes in each of the institutes. Approximately 7,300 students from Mumbai will be appearing for JEE in 20 centres across Mumbai.
Vivek Sinha, senior manager of IIT-JEE coaching classes at Career Launcher,said,While the paper pattern and format of the questions is the same this year,we have asked students to be prepared for surprise elements that are introduced in JEE every year. Students are more relaxed now because of the introduction of multiple choice questions.
Shanknath Rai Chaudhary,a student of Lilavati Poddar School,Santacruz,who will be appearing for JEE said,Going by my performance in the mock tests I am confident of getting into any of the IITs. I wish to pursue electrical engineering. Chaudhary plans to appear for other engineering entrance exams including All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE),Common Entrance Test (CET) and the entrance for Birla Institute of Technology (BIT).
The JEE result will be declared on May 25 followed by counseling sessions for selected students in June.