A total of 6,000 forms - 4,000 online and 2,000 physical - were sold in the district for the Joint Entrance Test 2015 (JET 2015) scheduled on April 19.
The exam, which is conducted by the Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training, is the first step towards admissions to three-year diploma courses in the institutions located in Punjab and Chandigarh affiliated to the board.
The admissions are done on the basis of merit. The students can opt from 30 three-year courses and one four-year in mechanical engineering (tool and die).
Surjit Lal, district coordinator for the test informed that there is a huge craze for such courses in Doaba region as these are best for self-employment.
"The students after completing class 10 pick these diploma courses which are helpful in providing them employment opportunities. Most of the students opt for lab, information, leather, footwear and plastic technology besides architectural assistantship and chemical engineering," he said.
"This time the government provided the notification for the test little late due to which it was difficult to approach the students in a timely manner. Moreover, this time the PSEB class 10 exams were also delayed due to which students were not able to prepare for the
JET exam properly," Lal said.
The examination centres are include government schools situated in Adampur, Alawalpur, Bhogpur, Goraya, Jalandhar cantonment, Jandiala, Kartarpur, Lohian Khas, Nakodar, Nurmahal, Phillaur and Shahkot.
The exact location of the examination centre at these places would be intimated in the admit card.
"Students of SC category, whose parents earn less than Rs 2 lakh annually, will get free education for all three years. At the time of admission, they will have to pay only admission fee between Rs 1,100 and Rs 1,200," Lal said.
Lal added that the candidates who do not receive the admit card by second week of April may contact board's office after April 15 for issuance of duplicate admit cards.
The candidates, who do not receive admit card by post, can take a print out from the website and produce it along with a passport-size photograph during the examination.
The students can contact district coordinator Lal at 9781988484 for any queries.