The race to make it to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) has begun.
With registrations for the IIT- Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) opened to students from Monday, the competition has just begun to gather momentum.
The exam, which will be held on April 8 next year, will have two methods of registration — the online method, which was opened on Monday and physical applications.
Registrations for the JEE will be open till December 10 for all students. There are about 7,000 seats in 15 IITs up for grabs this year.
“So far about 3,800 students have completed their application process on the first day, while many others have registered. However, we are not concerned with those who have only registered because we don’t recognise their application till the fees has been submitted,” said GB Reddy, chairman, JEE Office.
In 2011, 485,000 students took the joint entrance exam.
This year, students who will appear for the JEE will witness a few changes.
“This year onwards students will have to answer the test on an OMR sheet using a pen. The answer keys will be put up on the website three weeks after the exam has taken place,” said an IIT-Delhi spokesperson.
In addition to this, with students of the OBC category being provided a 10% relaxation in the minimum marks required as per a Supreme Court order, a separate rank list will also be brought out for OBC candidates.