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Appearing for JEE-Adv 2018? Good news, you won’t have to pay GST on registration fee

Decision was taken during a meeting of the Goods and Sales Tax Council in January

mumbai Updated: Feb 16, 2018 10:23 IST
Shreya Bhandary
Shreya Bhandary
Hindustan Times
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The decision to introduce GST charges along with a fee hike to the existing examination registration fees was hiking the fees by Rs 400-500 per student. (Pic for representation/AFP)

Students appearing for the Joint Entrance Examination-Advanced (JEE-Adv) in May 2018 will no longer have to pay Goods and Service Tax (GST) at the time of registration. A statement released by the JEE-Adv office on Thursday clarified that the GST on registration fees of JEE-Adv 2018 has been withdrawn.

“The decision to withdraw added GST on examination charges came from a meeting of the Goods and Sales Tax Council in January. Anyway, students had complained about this increase in fees so the council must have decided to withdraw the amount altogether,” said an official from the organising chairperson’s office, JEE.

The decision to introduce GST charges along with a fee hike to the existing examination registration fees was hiking the fees by Rs 400-500 per student.

While female candidates (all categories), students from the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and differently-abled persons would have paid Rs 1,300 plus GST, as compared to the existing fee of Rs 1200, general candidates would have to pay Rs 2,600 plus GST while the existing fee in this category is Rs 2,400. “GST charges will no more be applicable,” said the official.

The top 2.24 lakh candidates who clear the JEE-Main exam will be eligible for JEE-Adv exam, which will be conducted across the country on May 20, 2018.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 10:23 IST