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JEE-Advanced 2019: 14K more aspirants can register for exam this year

The top 2.45 lakh candidates (including all categories) who clear the JEE-Mains exams will be eligible to register for the JEE-Adv exam, to be held on May 27 this year. The total number of eligible candidates could be slightly higher than 2.45 lakh in case of tied ranks/scores in any category

education Updated: Apr 30, 2019 08:02 IST
Shreya Bhandary
Shreya Bhandary
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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The admissions authority of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has decided to increase the number of students who are eligible for the Joint Entrance Examination- Advanced (JEE-Adv) exam. This year, 2.45 lakh candidates who clear the JEE-Mains exam will be able to register for the JEE-Adv exam, increasing the number of students competing for each seat. Authorities hope this will help bring down seat vacancy at IITs.

“The top 2.45 lakh candidates (including all categories) who clear the JEE-Mains exams will be eligible to register for the JEE-Adv exam, to be held on May 27 this year. The total number of eligible candidates could be slightly higher than 2.45 lakh in case of tied ranks/scores in any category,” read a statement released by the admissions authority. In 2018, 2.31 lakh students were eligible for the JEE-Adv exam.

According to data from the Union ministry of human resource development (HRD), 118 seats had gone vacant across 23 IITs and ISM last year. The number stood at 121 in 2017 — up from 96 in 2016, 50 in 2015 and just three in 2014. “The total seat matrix (intake capacity) of the 23 institutes will be revealed soon,” stated the admissions website.

While 1.13 lakh out of the eligible candidates are in the open category this year, 66,150 belong to other backward castes (OBC); 36,750 to the scheduled caste (SC) quota; 18,375 to the scheduled tribe (ST) category and 9,800 from the economically weaker section (EWS) category.

“This is not the first time that the eligibility has been relaxed for JEE-Adv. For the past three years, more students are fighting it out and the admissions authority hopes this will help reduce seat vacancy in IITs. Instead, what they are doing is diluting the quality of students,” said a senior professor from IIT-Bombay, on condition of anonymity.

Registrations for JEE-Adv will begin after the National Testing Agency (NTA) releases results for JEE-Mains-Paper 2, expected within this week. JEE-Adv will be held on May 27 this year.

First Published: Apr 30, 2019 08:02 IST