JEE Main 2017 (offline mode) has begun at 9.30 am today, on April 2. The national level engineering entrance exam is being conducted across 113 test cities in India and outside India. Outside India, the test is being held in Colombo, Kathmandu, Singapore, Bahrain, Dubai, Muscat, Riyadh, Sharjah and Dhaka. To know the complete list, click on JEE Main 2017 exam centres. Both Paper I and Paper II of JEE Main 2017 are being held today, however, the timings of both the papers are different. While Paper I is being conducted from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, Paper II is being conducted from 2 pm to 5 pm. Paper I is conducted for admissions to B.Tech/B.E. programmes, while Paper II is for admissions to B. Arch and B. Planning programmes.
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Some of the test takers spoke to Careers360 about their preparation and sentiments about JEE Main 2017. Vinisha, a Delhi University student said, “I am prepared for Chemistry and Mathematics but not Physics as I did not get a good teacher for the subject. My target is to score 150 marks.”
CBSE had put some instructions for the entrance examination outside JEE Main 2017 examination centres. It was very important for all examinees to follow the instructions so as to avoid any last minute problem.
JEE Main 2017 Exam Instructions:
As per the guidelines from the exam conducting authority, the test takers had to reach the exam venue 2.30 hours before the slated test time. In other words, they were required to reach the allotted JEE Main 2017 exam centre by 7 am.
Another examinee Advik shared, “This will be my second attempt for JEE Main. I completely relied on self-studies and did not take any coaching. My strong area is Mathematics.”
Students and parents waiting outside JEE Main 2017 exam centre:
As the exam started, the test takers were not allowed to carry their bags and any kind of pens inside the examination hall.
As per official records, this year, JEE Main 2017 is being taken by 11,98,989 candidates who have registered for the national level entrance test for admissions to National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs). Out to the 11,98,989 candidates registered for JEE Main this year, as many as 10,15,349 are appearing for the offline or pen and paper based test.
A few last minutes before the exam:
For 2017, there are a few changes pertaining to JEE Main admission procedure and eligibility criteria. First, there will be no weightage for Class XII marks in calculating JEE Main ranks. The ranks will be based on the actual marks/scores secured by the test takers in the test. However, for admissions, the candidates have to secure a minimum 75% marks in Class XII (65% for SC/ST) or be in the top 20 percentile of their state board for admissions to NITs, GFTIs and the IIITs. Also, candidates from the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttrakhand, Nagaland, Odisha must also appear for JEE Main 2017 to avail admission in their respective states.
Apart from this, while filling the application form for the entrance exam, the applicants were required to enter their Aadhaar Card number. But, students from 3 states were exempted from this. Candidates belonging to Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and Meghalaya were exempted and could use their passport number, bank account, ration card number or any other valid government identity number in place of Aadhaar Card.
Top 2,20,000 qualifying candidates of JEE Main will be eligible to appear for JEE Advanced this year. Last year only 2 lakh top rankers of JEE Main were eligible to take JEE Advanced, while in 2015, as many as 1,50,000 qualifying candidates from JEE Main were eligible to sit for JEE Advanced, the entrance test for IIT admissions.
The result for JEE Main 2017 and All India Ranks will be declared by CBSE on April 27. Over 12 lakh candidates appear in the national level engineering every year.
Keep tuned to engineering.careers360.com for more updates on JEE Main 2017.