The number of students appearing for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main for admission to engineering courses has been declining in the past three years.
In written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey today said, “Though there is some reduction in the (number of) students appearing for the screening test (JEE-Main), the number of students shortlisted for the IIT entrance (JEE-Advanced) has been increasing each year.”
As per the details provided by Pandey, in 2014 the number of candidates appearing in JEE (Main) was 12,90,028 which came down to 12,34,760 in 2015 and 12,07,058 in 2016.
Whereas 1,19,575 candidates were shortlisted for JEE (Advanced) in 2014 and the number went up to 1,47,678 in 2016, the minister said.
This year’s Joint Entrance Exam (Advanced) exams for entry into the IITs saw 823 SC students make it to the Common Rank List in which candidates across categories are given ranks. In other words, these students got a general rank without using the 50 per cent relaxation in marks they were entitled to.
According to data provided to The Indian Express by IIT Guwahati, the organising IIT for this year’s JEE, 22 of these 823 students ranked between 1 and 2,000 in the Common Rank List. To be included in the CRL, students irrespective of category need to score a minimum 10 per cent in each subject and an aggregate 20 per cent.
The 823 qualifiers are a marked increase from the 515 SC students who made the CRL last year. They account for 11.21 per cent of the total 7,339 SC students who had cleared JEE (Advanced), while the proportion of SC students who had got general ranks last year had been 20 per cent of the total 2,570 who had cleared the exam.
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