JEE Main losing grip, but expect quality students coming around

In the race of engineering courses, students of India seem to take off interest from technical courses. The status of applications for JEE Main held earlier this year clearly reflects the issue.

In the past three years, there has been a gradual decrease in the number of the applicants in the JEE Mains paper. Minister of state HRD, Mahendra Nath Pandey, revealed the details of applicants in JEE Mains. According to the details, the number of candidates in the exam in 2014 was 12,90,028, in 2015 – 12,34,760 and in 2016, it came down to 12,07,058.

Minister Pandey said, “Though there is some reduction in the number of students for Mains exam, the number of selection of students for JEE Advanced for IIT entrance is increasing every year.” The number of shortlisted students for JEE Advanced was 1,19,575 last year and it rose to 1,47,678 this year.

Cleary this is a good sign for quality education in the country where the unnecessary crowd is not getting involved in the exam and the quality of students is getting raised with increasing students in JEE Advanced. Also, the unnecessary hype of engineering would come down in coming years. Eventually, it would compel students to choose other fields and improve the job diversity across the country.

Also this year, the performance of SC students this year has been improved from the last year. 823 students ranked in the common rank list without using reservation while this number was 515 last year. According to the data released by IIT Guwahati, 22 students out of 823 secured rank between 1 to 2000.

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