The number of registrations this year has increased by nearly 2.8 lakh
Around 14 lakh candidates have registered for this year’s Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE) - Main, formerly known as the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE).
According to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), this is the highest ever registration for the test, which will be conducted in April.
Since 2008, the increase in the number of aspirants has been between 20,000 to 30,000. However, the number has increased to 2.8 lakh this year, which, CBSE says, is a record in itself.
"Around 14 lakh aspirants have registered, which is nearly 2.8 lakh more. Last year aound 11.2 lakh candidates registered for the exam," said chairman of CBSE, Vineet Joshi.
JEE (Main) is carried out for students who aspire to take admissions in BE, BTech and architecture courses at National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), Delhi Technological University, and other centrally funded technical institutes (CFTIs).
CBSE officials believe the significant rise in the number of candidates could be attributed to JEE Apex Board’s decision, which states the merit list for admission will be prepared by giving 40% weightage to class XII results or other qualifying examination marks and 60% to the JEE (Main) scores.
"For the first time weightage will be given to class XII results as well while preparing the merit list, which was not the case earlier. So while earlier many students used to concentrate on coaching for the entrance exam and prepare for the class XII boards in a way that they score just minimum eligibility marks. Giving weightage to Board results must have encouraged many students who are not exposed to intensive coaching, as they too now stand a good chance to be on the merit list if they perform well in the Boards," said Joshi.