Over 4.6 lakh candidates will write the BEd Joint Entrance Examination (2017-19) conducted by Lucknow University on Wednesday, against last year’s 3.03 lakh students, officials said on Tuesday.
The test will be held at 905 centres in 16 cities across Uttar Pradesh, they said. These cities include Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Azamgarh, Ballia, Bareilly, Faizabad, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Jaunpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Moradabad and Varanasi.
As the number of candidates has increased, Lucknow has been divided into two zones.
The university has received 4,64,676 applications for around 1.90 lakh seats.
“The number of applicants has jumped from 3 lakh to 4 lakh in a year’s time is an indicator that love for the noble profession of teaching is on the rise in the state. With seventh pay commission, the salary of government school teachers have increased manifold that drew a lot of interest among job seekers to take to the teaching profession,” an LU official said.
Naveen Khare, the coordinator of the test, said there are a few candidates who could not upload their photograph and signature due to technical reasons but filled the rest of the application form in Step 3.
“We are provisionally allowing these candidates to appear for the written test. We are calling such candidates in one of the centres in Lucknow where the provision of still photography is made,” Khare added.
Candidates will have to bring two copies of their admit cards. They will have to submit one copy to the invigilator at the time of test with the same photograph that they uploaded in the application form. Those failing to produce the admit card at the centre would not be allowed to appear in the test, Khare said.
Those with a disability and blind and female candidates have been allotted the centres of their choice. Blind candidates will have to contact their centre superintendent a day before the exam with an application for a writer, who can answer the test on their behalf.
The results are expected to be announced by last week of May and counselling may begin from the first week of June.