Hundreds of students across the city are gearing up to appear for what is slated to be the last Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Exam (IIT JEE) in its present format.
The JEE is the entry criterion to the 15 IITs across the country. This time, around 76,600 candidates have registered to appear for the test on Sunday, from the Bombay zone.
A series of changes in the test format have been proposed and are likely to be implemented for JEE 2013. However, this year’s format remains unchanged from last year’s. Around 10,350 candidates are scheduled to appear for the exam from across 23 centres in the city. “Candidates should remember to carry their admit cards and ball point pens,” said AV Mahajan, chairperson of JEE 2012 at IIT-Bombay. “There are no major changes to the exam this year,” he added.
This year, IIT-Delhi is responsible for conducting the exam. The Bombay zone has added four new centres in Maharashtra: Ratnagiri, Akola, Kolhapur, Solapur. Nearly 27% of the total number of candidates from the Bombay zone are girls this year, as compared to last year’s 19%. The applications charges were dropped to specifically encourage more girls to apply.