JEE Exam to Go International; 10% Additional Seats for Foreign Nationals

Dushyant Vanaik updated on : 02 Nov 2016

The JEE exam will be conducted in 10 nations from the year 2017, providing 10% additional seats for foreign students. Read further to know more.

JEE Exam to Go International; 10% Additional Seats

Starting 2017, the Human Resource Development Ministry may conduct the IIT entrance exam for undergraduate courses (JEE Advanced) and postgraduate courses (GATE) abroad in order to attract foreign students for boosting international rankings.

As per the latest notification, the JEE Advanced exam will be conducted in 9 countries including the seven SAARC nations (Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bangladesh), United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Ethiopia. Pakistan was recently removed from the list of JEE 2017. The approval for conducting the exam in these nations was given by the Indian Security Establishment.

As of now, the JEE Main was only held in West Asian countries like the UAE since it had various CBSE affiliated schools. Also, only those aspirants who had Indian origins were allowed to take the test there. In fact, they had to come to India to appear for the second phase of the exam (JEE Advanced).
According to sources from the Ministry, the proposal is being looked into by the Ministry of Home Affairs. They have told the Ministry that the background checks on students can be done at the time of visa applications.

If the sources are to be believed, the seats on offer for the foreign nationals will not have an effect on the seats available for the Indian students. There will be an addition of 10% seats for the foreign students to the already existing seats at the 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Apart from this, the IITs have decided to increase the intake of students by 5% from 2017. This will increase the already existing 10,572 seats to 11,100 in total. This is done to ensure the Indian students do not lose out on the total number of seats.

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