Nearly 12 lakh (1.2 million) candidates will appear for the Joint Entrance Exam (Mains) on April 6, a day before the nine-phase Lok Sabha elections begin in the country.
A total of 13.56 lakh students, including 3.16 lakh girls, have registered for the exam. Of which, 11.84 lakh will take the paper and pen exam at 2,173 centres on April 6.
Nearly 1.72 lakh students will take the online version of the test on April 9, 11, 12 and 19.
The exam scores are used for admissions to undergraduate engineering programmes in NITs, IIITs and other centrally funded technical institutions in India. The top 1.5 lakh students will be allowed to appear for the JEE (Advanced) exam, the gateway for entrance to the 16 IITs.
The rest will seek admission according to their merit in NITs, state engineering colleges and other centrally funded institutes. This would be the second year of JEE (Mains) exam, since a new system was brought into force in 2013.
Students in Gujarat and Maharashtra will have the choice of taking the exam in Gujarati, Marathi or Urdu apart from Hindi and English. The move will benefit 66,000 students of these states who will take the exam on April 6.
Though the provision of writing in Marathi and Urdu has been introduced for the first time, Gujarati was introduced last year after the state agreed to use the results for admission to state engineering colleges.
In 2013, only Gujarat had agreed to adopt the result of JEE (Mains) for admission to its technical institutes. This year, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha have also joined the system.
In another first, answer key of the papers will be uploaded on the website from April 25 and 27.