Nearly 4.7 lakh students on Sunday appeared in the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination for admission to prestigious 15 IITs, ISM Dhanbad and IT-BHU.
The number of candidates has gone up to 4.72 lakh this year against four lakh candidates last year, Prof T S Natarajan, Organising Chairman, JEE 2010, said.
The students qualifying the test will be eligible for admission into B Tech programmes in these institutes offering over 10,000 seats.
About 90,000 candidates from National Capital Region have registered for the test. The results will be announced on May 26.
The IITs have decided to conduct on-line counselling for general category students this year. This will give relief to students who earlier used to go to different counselling centres for securing a seat for themselves.
However, the OBC candidates will have to go to the exam centres for counselling where their certificates will be examined.
The test comprises two sessions. The first session started at 9 am and will continue till 12 while the second session will start from 2 pm. The papers had questions on Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.