IIT JEE-Main tomorrow, over 10.2 lakh students to appear

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New Delhi | Published: April 1, 2017 9:36:01 PM

Over 10.2 lakh students will appear for the Joint Entrance Examination-Main (JEE-M) at 1,781 centres across the country tomorrow for admission in engineering colleges, including the IITs.

Over 10.2 lakh students will appear for the Joint Entrance Examination-Main (JEE-M) at 1,781 centres across the country tomorrow for admission in engineering colleges, including the IITs.

Over 10.2 lakh students will appear for the Joint Entrance Examination-Main (JEE-M) at 1,781 centres across the country tomorrow for admission in engineering colleges, including the IITs. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts JEE-M, an all-India level engineering entrance for admission into IITs, NITs, IIITs, deemed universities and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTI).

The exam is being conducted at 1,781 centres in 109 cities. JEE-M is conducted in two parts- Paper I and Paper II.
Paper-I (BE/B Tech) will be conducted in both computer- based (online) and paper-pen (offline) mode while Paper II (B Arch/B Planning) will be conducted in pen-paper mode only.

Candidates who want to appear for JEE-Advanced 2017 will have to clear the JEE-M test first. The HRD Ministry has notified two changes in the JEE pattern for 2017. There shall be no weightage for class 12 marks in calculating the ranks in the JEE (Main) examination.

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For the candidates to qualify for IITs/NITs/IIITs and such other CFTIs whose admissions are based on the JEE (Advanced) /JEE(Main) ranks, they should secure at least 75 per cent marks in class 12 exams, or be in the top 20 percentile. For SC/ST students, the qualifying marks would be 65 per cent in the class 12 examination.

Meanwhile a committee formed by the joint advisory board has recommended 20% supernumerary reservation for women in IITs. The reservation in this case would not impact the number of seats available, instead create extra seats for women who have qualified JEE-Advanced exam. Although IITs have seen an increased participation from women the number of those qualifying has stayed below 10%. In fact, the number dipped to 8% in 2016 as compared to about 10% in 2015.

While the move would certainly increase the number of women participants, the policy becomes lopsided as IITs would be sacrificing merit to get more in the fray. Also, creation of world class institutes—the government aims to create 20 such universities—cannot be done on the back of reservation.

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