Mon Apr 09 2012, 04:23 hrs
The IIT-JEE entrance was held at 1,067 centres across the country for admission to nearly 9,618 undergraduate seats in 15 IITs, IT-BHU and ISM Dhanbad. Over 600 additional engineering seats will be added to the existing 9,618 seats this year. The exam was scheduled in two sessions — 9 am to noon and 2 pm to 5 pm.
“Some of the questions this year were lengthier. The paper was not very difficult though,” said Parthiv Mehta, an IIT aspirant.
The HRD ministry is planning to introduce a national common examination called ISEET (Indian Science Engineering Eligibility Test) for admission to all central-level engineering institutes like IITs from next year.
If the proposed ISEET materialises, JEE 2012 would be the last IIT-JEE entrance test. Performance in the school board exam may also be considered for admission from 2013 onwards.
This year students had to use pens instead of pencils to highlight the answers. “We should be sure about the correct answers before darkening the circles with a pen since it leaves no scope for us to erase them later,” said a student.
This year, IITs had even allowed free online registration for female aspirant. The forms for girls were priced at Rs 200 while they were for Rs 1,800 for male candidates in the general and reserved categories. There has been a 25 per cent increase in the number of girl candidates this year. The results of JEE are scheduled to be declared on May 18.