With few seats, JEE (Main) students question the validity of test

Saturday, 12 July 2014 - 7:00am IST | Agency: DNA

After studying hard for two years to score well in JEE (Main), the so-called "One India One test" conducted by CBSE, the general category candidates have been informed that only 6,400 seats are available in the 30 NITs, 10 IIITs and 10-12 other centrally-funded institutes. Some popular branches in the NITs have only three seats available causing unrest among students.

Over 12.5 lakh candidates have appeared for the test. Though the number of general category candidates is yet to be known, it is expected to be nearly 8 lakh. Seats for category students are also around 7,000. The rankings are based on JEE (Main) score and class 12 marks with the 60:40 weightage. The first round of seat allocation will be on July 14.

"The number of available seats were never announced by the CBSE or JEE (Main). I came to know about it when Central Seat Allotment Board allowed us to fill the options form on July 8. Some NITs have less than 10 seats for general category students in top branches like computer engineering and electrical engineering,"said a candidate, who is unlikely to get a seat despite scoring above 95% in board and 150/360 in JEE (Main).

The frustrated candidates, who waited long for all-India rankings to be declared are now looking at the state-level institutes and private universities. They have also demanded either centre abolishes the JEE (Main) or brings all states to come on board.

A candidate rues,"Centre is still conducting two exams-JEE (Main) for nearly 17,000 seats and JEE (Advanced) for over 9,700 seats. Besides, we have to apply separately for the state-level admissions. Private universities like BITS and VIT, also conduct their own exam. Where is the respite for us?"

The JEE (Main) was started in 2013-14, for the first time after a long tussle between IITs and MHRD. Pitted as "One India One exam" the JEE (Main) is the brain child of then MHRD minister Kapil Sibal, who sought to abolish all national/state level exams to project JEE as the only test. However, only few states like Maharashtra and Gujarat, abolished their exams and consented to JEE (Main). Besides, IITs too didn't agree to join JEE and went ahead conducting a separate exam JEE (advanced).

Vineet Joshi, CBSE chairman and MHRD chief secretary Ashok Thakur both were unavailable for comments.

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