For the first time, over 60,000 students will take the joint entrance examination (JEE-mains) in languages like Gujarati, Marathi and Urdu at a few centres in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Registration for the JEE (mains) closed on Monday. The top 1.5 lakh students from JEE (mains) will be allowed to write the JEE (advanced) exam for admission to different IITs. The rest will seek admission to other central and state institutes.
In 2013, only Gujarat had agreed to adopt the result of JEE (mains) for admission to its technical institutes. This year, three states — Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha — have also joined the exam system.
Students who have opted for any of the 35 centres in Maharashtra can write the exam in Marathi, Urdu, English or Hindi. Those opting for a centre in Gujarat can write the exam in Gujarati, English or Hindi.
According to official sources, nearly 340 students have registered for writing the exam in Urdu, 938 in Marathi and 60,142 in Gujarati.
"This is a positive trend and will help in giving a level playing field. We are hopeful that more states will join us next year. This will give us a wider platform to include more regional languages for the exam. In the long run, it will benefit the students," a senior official said.
With three more states joining, the overall number of registrations for JEE (mains) has also increased this year as compared to last year.