More States To Adopt JEE Main in 2015?


While IITs may still be flaring in proud, more states are adopting Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) formerly known as All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE). JEE System is being adopted by many states, a trend being observed recently from last year. More states are converting or dropping their admission system to join the JEE league. JEE is conducted in two stages, JEE Main and JEE Advanced. While JEE Main is for admissions into IIITs, NITs and other best CFTIs and SFTIs of the country, JEE Advanced is taken by candidates interested to join IITs and ISM Dhanbad.

As of now, from this year onwards, JEE Main 2014 is adopted by Maharashtra, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh who scrapped their own state entrance exams viz. MT CET 2014, OJEE 2014 and MP PET 2014 respectively. All the admissions into private and government colleges in these states will be made through JEE Main 2014. JEE Main was already adopted by Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Haryana in 2013 for engineering undergrad admissions.

Maharashtra has 729 engineering colleges, Madhya Pradesh has 285 and Odisha 199 presently that would adopt JEE Main 2014. Apart from all India ranking list, state-specific lists will be released by JEE Main 2014 conducting body, CBSE. There’s high possibility that some states might adopt the JEE from 2015 as well, including Bengal which means WBJEE will not be held next year.

As per Central Board of Secondary Education chairperson Vineet Joshi, “The (April) test will be held at 150 centers against 85 centers last year”. The exam shall be held in Gujarati, Marathi and Urdu too apart from Hindi and English. HRD Ministry has requested all states to join JEE Main system to smoothen the counselling and admissions process, bringing uniformity.

Right now, top 1.5 lakh candidates will be selected from JEE Main 2014 to be eligible for JEE Advanced 2014. However, some IITs do not consider JEE Main at all and rely on JEE Advanced score for admissions. Ministry has requested IITs to drop JEE Advanced from 2015 to choose only single tier examination, possibly titled as only JEE. They are also expected to contest another ministry norm i.e. to hold common counselling with the NITs so that students can’t block seats in both sets of colleges, a practice that led to 600-odd seats going empty last year.

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