Around 14 lakh candidates registered for the JEE Main 2013 Entrance exam, which is going to be held on April 07, 2013. What's interesting is that while year on year increase in number of aspirants since 2008 has been in between 20,000 to 30,000, this year it increased by nearly 2.8 lakh.
JEE Main 2013 is conducted for admission to Undergraduate Engineering Programs at NITs, IIITs, Other centrally funded Technical Institutions, Institutions funded by several participating State Governments, and several other Institutions shall include the performance in the class 12/other Qualifying Examination and in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main.
Vineet Joshi, CBSE chairman said, "Around 14.lakh aspirants registered for this year exm, which in nearly 2.8 lakh more. Last year around 11.2 lakh candidates registered for the exam."
While AIEEE and IIT-JEE were separate exams till 2012, based on direction from the ministry of Human resource development and following consultation it was decided that from now on admissions to engineering and architecture courses will be based on JEE Main 2013 and JEE Advanced entrance exams.
According to the CBSE officials, one of the reasons for the significant increase in the number of candidates could be the new scheme if things. According to the JEE Apex board decision the merit list for admission to NITs, IIITs, DTU, Delhi and other CFTIs will be prepared by giving 40% weightage to class 12 or other qualifying examination marks and 60% to the performance in the JEE Main examination.
"For the first time weightage will be given to the class 12 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 12 boards in a way that they score just minimum eligibility marks. Giving weightage to boards 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.