JEE Main is the first step which the aspiring students take for admission to Undergraduate Engineering Programmes in NITs, IIITs, other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), participating State Government Institutions and several other Institutions across the nation. JEE Main exam is conducted in both computer-based mode and offline mode for Paper 1 and only offline for Paper 2. Paper 1 is conducted only for the engineering aspirants while Paper 2 is conducted for architecture aspirants.
JEE Main 2017 Pen and Paper based test is scheduled to be held on April 2, 2017 while the Computer Based Test will be conducted on April 8 and 9, 2017. In the cities Bahrain, Dubai, Muscat, Riyadh and Sharjah Paper – 1 in both the modes will be conducted, however, the candidates who will choose the computer based mode for Paper – 1 will appear for examination only on April 9, 2017. The Paper – 2 in all these cities will be conducted on April 2, 2017 in Pen & Paper based mode.
The exams will be conducted across the 119 centres in India and Abroad, Out of which 111 centres will be allocated at the national level and there will be 8 Exam centres in countries like Dubai, Singapore etc. The application process began on December 1, 2016 and will end on January 2, 2017. However, the application fee can be deposited January 3, 2017. The candidate has maximum 3 numbers of attempts to appear in JEE Main Examination. The application fee for either of the two i.e. for Paper 1 & Paper 2 is INR 1000 while for both Paper 1 & Paper 2, it is INR 1800 (applicable only for the centres opted in India).
Changes in JEE 2017:
JEE Main 2017 for the academic session 2017-18 has come up with lot many changes. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has notified following two changes in the JEE pattern for 2017:
The very first change is in that a total of seven states have joined JEE Main system and will accept JEE Main 2017 score. The States of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Nagaland, Odisha & some other institutions have joined JEE (Main) system; however, their admission criteria will be notified by the concerned authorities. State level Engineering Entrance Exam will not be conducted in these states. These states will conduct their own counselling for filling the engineering seats. Therefore, the candidates seeking admission to the institutions in these states, are advised to fill in the JEE (Main) –2017 application form online. The Paper-1 (B. E./B. Tech.) of JEE (Main) is also an eligibility test for the JEE (Advanced), which the candidate has to take if they are aspiring for admission to the undergraduate programmes offered by the IITs.
Apart from these states, a lot of Institutes also offer admission based on the score obtained in JEE Main. These institutes do not conduct their own entrance exam, hence the students seeking admission in these colleges are advised to fill up JEE Main 2017 Application Form for they took the admission on the basis of JEE Main 2016 during the last academic session.
- Thapar University
- Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar
- Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh
- Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi
- Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
- Delhi Technological University, New Delhi.
- Indian Institute of Space Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
- Dhirubhai Ambani Institute
- Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women, New Delhi.
- Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology (under Delhi University).
- Mahindra Ecole
- Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
- BIT Mesra
One more thing to be noted here is that maximum attempts and age limit for the state of Odisha and Madhya Pradesh has a bit of change, i.e., the number of attempts, age limit, for admission to institutions in these states, will be as per their past practice only because earlier they were giving admission on the basis of state level examinations, but, the same criteria shall not be applicable for admission to IITs /NITs /IIITs /CFTIs located in these states.
Second big change is that from this year onwards there shall be no weightage for the 12th class marks in calculating the ranks in the JEE (Main) examination. The present system of allotting 40 per cent weightage to Class XII marks for determining ranks in JEE has been done away with.
For the candidates to qualify for the admission in the IITs/NITs/IIITs and such other CFTIs whose admissions are based on the JEE (Advanced)/JEE(Main) ranks, they should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination conducted by the respective Boards. For SC/ST students the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class examination.
The last change is that all the aspiring Indian candidates should possess Aadhaar card issued by UIDAI. While filling up the application form for JEE Main 2017, the candidates are required to fill in their AADHAR number, name, gender, date of birth as given on the card. This shall further be verified with the UIDAIs data. If in case the particulars filled in does not match, the candidates will not be able to fill the application form for JEE (Main)–2017 further. Hence, the candidates are advised to make sure that their AADHAR card as correct details as per the school records. If there is any mismatch in these details, the candidates should immediately get it corrected in AADHAAR data or school records, as the case may be.
The use of AADHAR card to fill in the application form of JEE Main 2017 has been implemented keeping in mind the accuracy of the candidates’ details. It will also help in ascertaining identities of the candidates at the examination centres in a convenient and hassle free manner.
CBSE has specially set up facilitation centres in each city of examination for the purpose of Aadhaar enrolment and in order to facilitate such candidates who are not having Aadhaar. Therefore those candidates who till date do not possess the same, are hereby recommended to approach such facilitation centres who will not charge any amount from any applicant for Aadhaar enrolment.
However, this provision is applicable in all states except J&K, Assam & Meghalaya. The candidates who have passed or appearing in Class XII examination from the states of J&K, Assam & Meghalaya need to enter the passport number, ration card number, bank account number or any other valid Govt.
In October last year, a committee was formed by the human resources development (HRD) to suggest the changes in the present JEE Main. The committee recommended a National Authority for Testing (NAT) be formed which will hold tests. On the basis of the test, around four lakh students would be shortlisted who will then appear in JEE. But the suggestions thus remained undecided on the part of the ministry. For the section of stakeholders, felt that any new aptitude exam, which is online, might be against the interests of the rural and socially backward students.
The committee had also suggested that no weightage be given to board exams for National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other centrally funded technical institutions (CFTIs). Currently, 40% weight is given to Class 12 board marks for admission into NITs and CFTIs. The committee had recommended that the 40% weightage given to the marks at the JEE (Main) level be discontinued. This point has been implemented in soon to be held JEE Main 2017 exam.