The reason behind this journey is that the JEE test is offered only in a Computer based i.e. Online test in the metro cities. Many Engineering candidates who prefer to write the Examination will be travelling to nearby rural districts to take up JEE exam.
Around 1.74 lakh students are to take Computer based test, which is scheduled for 8th to 25th April, 2013. With a total of 12.82 lakh students who have completed their class 12 will be taking the JEE across 112 cities.
According to the sources, the city with the largest test takers is Patna with 74,748 students taking the JEE on April 7, 2013. The city coming second with respect to the number of test takers is Kanpur, with 43,000 students. However, not all the students taking the exams in Kanpur are necessarily from Kanpur, as a large number of applicants will be coming from other parts of Uttar Pradesh.
Students from Delhi too, will be travelling to Gurgaon to write the JEE. Similarly, many applicants from Hyderabad will travel to Guntur. Howrah and Varanasi will see 22,000 and 38,000 students respectively, taking the JEE, many of whom will be travelling from Kolkata. Students from Mumbai will be taking their tests in Thane (23,000 students), Pune (42,000students), Amravati (25,000 students) or Aurangabad (17,500 students).
Engineering is a graduate degree that is growing in popularity. Approximately one third of all high school graduates aspire to become engineers and take up engineering courses. Many of these students also choose to pursue their higher studies in the field of engineering. The next academic year is expected to see most states accepting the JEE main.
At present, India has more than 24 different engineering entrance exams, of which the AIEEE has been the most popular, with 11.87 lakh students taking the exam last year. The second most popular exam is the IIT-JEE, which was taken by 5.6 lakh students. Many students take multiple entrance exams for engineering every year.