13 Facts About the Joint Entrance Examination

The Joint Entrance Examination is one of the most competitive exams in the nation. It is the gateway to the IITs, NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs — the premier institutes of India. Hence, every student who wants to pursue a career in engineering takes the JEE very seriously. In this post, I’ll tell you 13 amazing facts about the Joint Entrance Examination.

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What Is the Joint Entrance Examination?

The Joint Entrance Examination, commonly known as the JEE, is an All-India level examination for getting admission into the undergraduate level courses in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs). The JEE consists of two parts — JEE Main and JEE Advanced.

The JEE Main exam is for admissions into National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), and Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs). After writing JEE Main, if you clear the cut-off score for appearing in JEE Advanced, you’ll be eligible to appear for the same. JEE Main is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE). Around 1.2 to 1.5 million candidates appear for the JEE Main every year.

The JEE Advanced exam is for admissions into the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). It is conducted by the IITs. The students who obtain marks greater than the JEE Main cut-off marks are eligible to appear in the JEE Advanced examination. In the year 2017, the top 220,000 examinees from JEE Main were eligible to sit for the JEE Advanced.

Amazing Facts About the Joint Entrance Examination

  1. It was not always the entrance to IITs in the country. IIT KGP held its own entrance tests till 1959, as it was the only IIT in the country.
  2. The JEE is known for its high security and fairness, but did you know the paper was leaked once? In 1997, IITs had to conduct entrance twice because the paper got leaked in some centers.
  3. From 1960 onwards all the sister IITs conducted their entrance tests together. It had four subjects including English Language!
  4. The Main and Advanced concept isn’t new. IITs used to screen 20,000 students out to 450,000, from 2000-2005. For other engineering colleges there were AIEEE and state PETs.
  5. The Joint Entrance Exam was not always called that. In its early days it was called Common Entrance Exam aka CEE.
  6. The JEE has sired a 10Cr coaching industry and single handedly turned Kota from the site of a nuclear factory to one of biggest and certainly earliest coaching hubs.
  7. Till 2005, the JEE was a mix of subjective and objective questions. It was revamped as a single objective-type test in 2006. Additional changes included were the class 12 marks criteria, whereby a general candidate had to score 60% and SC/ST/PwD had to score 55%.
  8. The Joint Entrance Test ranks 2nd in the world in terms of toughness. The top spot is occupied by Gaokao, entrance test for Undergraduate Studies in the People’s Republic of China.
  9. Total number of colleges to accept JEE Main score stands at 1,101.
  10. The number of women taking admission in the IITs through the Joint Entrance Exam dipped by 2% in 2016. This prompted the government to create supernumerary seats for girls. Supernumerary means seats apart from the existing ones therefore not hitting the general category boys.
  11. Apart from the IITs, the following institutes also use the JEE Advanced ranks for admission into the B.Tech programs:
    • Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Rae Bareli (RGIPT)
    • Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)
    • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc)
    • Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE), Visakhapatnam
    • Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs):
      • IISER Kolkata
      • IISER Bhopal
      • IISER Mohali
      • IISER Pune
      • IISER Berhampur
      • IISER Thiruvananthapuram
      • IISER Tirupati
  12. The current admission rate through the JEE has fallen from 1.95% in 2012 to 0.92% in 2017.
  13. The whole pattern of engineering tests were dismantled and the new system of mains and advance came to being in 2013.

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The Joint Entrance Examination has evolved over time to become the dream gateway for students all across the country. It is with great certainty that I say, there hardly exists any other exam that tests a candidate’s knowledge, problem solving skills, memory, patience, stamina, and more.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and you got to know some little known facts about the JEE. We wish you all the best for your preparation!

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3 Responses to 13 Facts About the Joint Entrance Examination

  1. Keerthi May 19, 2018 at 11:53 am #

    I was qualified in jee mains and not qualified in eamcet. My 12th class total is 665.can I get good seat in engineering colleges

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 3, 2018 at 11:01 pm #

      Hi Keerthi,

      Our expertise is in test prep, not admissions advice, so I’m afraid that we are not the best people to ask about this! I encourage you to do some research on your target schools to find the most accurate information 🙂

    • Raghu Eddu March 14, 2019 at 4:20 am #


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