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 career in engineering takes JEE very seriously. In this post, I’ll tell you 13 amazing facts about the Joint Entrance Examination.

What is the Joint Entrance Examination?

The Joint Entrance Examination, commonly known as 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). 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 Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE). Around 1.2 to 1.5 million candidates appear for 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. 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. Joint Entrance Exam was not always called that. In its early days it was called Common Entrance Exam aka CEE.
  6. JEE has sired a 10Cr coaching industry and single handedly turned Kota from a site of a nuclear factory to one of biggest and certainly earliest coaching hubs.
  7. Till 2005, JEE was a mix of subjective and objective. 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. 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 1101.
  10. The number of women taking admission in the IITs through 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 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.

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 exist any other exam that tests a candidate’s knowledge, problem solving skill, memory, patience and stamina 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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