According to Arun Nahar, director of technical education, CBSE had decided to extend the last date, after the state government sent a request. "As we were little late in announcing the decision of taking admission in engineering through JEE-Main, we had requested the authorities to extend the date," Nahar said.
The pre-engineering test (PET) conducted by the MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) for admissions to the state's engineering colleges was decided to be removed by the state government. The next session onwards, admissions to the state's engineering colleges will be made based on the scores of JEE- main (joint entrance exam) organised by CBSE.
For admissions to the engineering colleges in the state, IITs and NITs; JEE exam is conducted every year by the CBSE. Since early 1980s, pre-engineering and medical tests were being conducted by MPPEB.
The decision to remove PET was announced by MP on November 27. From November 15, the online JEE forms were made available.
About 75,000 students have submitted applications for 1 lakh seats available in engineering colleges. This figure is higher than the previous year. Last year, for PET, about 50,000 students had applied.
JEE will be conducted across India in April 2014. The offline exam will be organised during April's first week, and online exam will be conducted in mid-April.
Last year reforms to engineering entrance tests organised by CBSE and IITS, was introduced by union ministry of human resources and development, which propelled JEE-main as the national exam and all the states were asked to adopt it.