Students in Gujarat and Maharashtra will now take the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-Mains) in Gujarati, Marathi or Urdu apart from Hindi and English. The choice will benefit 66,000 students of these states taking 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 as Gujarat had agreed to use the result for admission to state engineering colleges.
Only those writing the exam from a Gujarat centre would have a choice to take it in Gujarati, English or Hindi. Likewise, only those writing the exam from Maharashtra will have the choice of taking it in Marathi and Urdu.
Nearly 13.56 lakh students including 3,62,497 female candidates will write the JEE (mains) this year.
The top 1.5 lakh students will be allowed to appear for the JEE (advanced) exam, gateway for entrance to the 16 IITs. This would be the second year of JEE (mains) exam, since the new system was brought into force in 2013.
This year, for the first time answer key of the papers will be loaded on the website from between April 25 and 27.
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 total, seven states including Orissa, Haryana, Uttaranchal and Nagaland now accept JEE scores.