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JEE (main) merit list could be delayed further

Friday, 27 June 2014 - 6:25am IST | Agency: dna

Wait of nearly 12.5 lakh engineering aspirants from across India who appeared for the national test JEE (main) in April 2014 doesn't seem to be over. On Thursday, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the competent authority which conducted the national level test for engineering, extended the deadline for Std XII marks' confirmation from June 27 to 30, fuelling speculations of delay in the announcement of rankings.

Interestingly, CBSE has not yet announced the date of the release of all-India rankings. However, according to sources, it was slated to be released on July 7.

A circular put up on the JEE (main) website on Thursday attributes the delay to the state boards who failed to submit their data on time, which has pushed the deadline of confirmation of marks by candidates, an online procedure mandatory for all aspirants. The JEE (main) ranks will be used by central institutes (NITs and IIITs) and other prestigious ones across India.

The notice doesn't name the slow-paced states. However, according to sources, half a dozen boards submitted the data only on Wednesday and Sikkim and Haryana are yet to do the same.

The development is stressing out the aspirants even more as private varsities started their admission process in mid-May and would be winding up even the management quota in the next few days.

"I don't know where I rank in the country and if I will get National Institute of Technology or not," said a candidate, who has already secured a seat in SRM University but plans to leave it if he get a seat in any of the 28 prestigious NITs.

Private varsities full
Most of the private varsities — BITS, VIT, SRM and Manipal — have already conducted their admissions and most of their seats are filled. A candidate said, "Last year, admission in top 10 NITs closed approximately at 15,000. Since we are clueless about our ranks, most of us have secured a seat in a private varsity." CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi was unavailable for comment.

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