JEE Advanced 2017 will be conducted by IIT Madras on May 21, Professor Prem Bisht, Organizing Chairman JEE Advanced 2017, has confirmed. Apart from the exam date, Prof. Bisht also shared that 20,000 more candidates will be qualified to sit for JEE Advanced next year.
The organizing chairman for JEE Advanced 2017 said, “This year, 20,000 more candidates will be eligible to write the JEE Advanced after clearing JEE Main thus taking the total number of such candidates to 2, 20,000. This is in line with the projected number of seats available across all IITs in 2017.”
The key decisions pertaining to JEE Advanced 2017 were taken in a Joint Admission Board (JAB) meeting held recently at IIT Madras.
In 2016, top 2 lakh candidates from JEE Main were allowed to take JEE Advanced. However, not all the top 2 lakh candidates appeared for the national level engineering entrance exam for admissions to prestigious IITs. As many as 1.98 lakh candidates had qualified for JEE Advanced 2016, but only 1.56 lakh registered for the coveted engineering entrance test. This means that as many as 42, 291 eligible candidates amongst 2 lakh JEE Advanced selects did not register for JEE Advanced 2016.
Further, out of the 1.56 lakh registered candidates, 8,322 skipped JEE Advanced 2016, thus bringing down the actual number of test takers to 1,47,678.
The key changes for JEE Advanced 2017 also include reduction of aggregate cut-off marks in Class XII for SC and ST candidates from 70% to 65%. Not only this, but JEE Advanced 2017 will also open opportunities for candidates from foreign countries who can get admission in various IITs after qualifying the exam.
Professor Prem Bisht also informed that according to the new guidelines from the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, OBC-NCL certificates issued after April 1, 2017 will be considered valid for JEE Advanced 2017.
IIT Madras, which is organizing IIT for JEE Advanced 2017 also plans to bring technological intervention to improve the test experience and other processes involved in conducting the prestigious exam. “Various interactive features are conceived to make the process of registration, fee payment, result announcement, choice filling etc. less strenuous and hassle free. Features like short video tutorial and SMS services will be used extensively to help the candidates,” said the JEE Advanced 2017 chairman.
JEE Advanced is the second stage of JEE exam for admission to IITs. There are a total of 23 IITs (including ISM Dhanbad), which offer a total of 10,572 undergraduate engineering seats to aspiring candidates. Four new IITs – IIT Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), IIT Dharwad (Karnataka), IIT Jammu and IIT Goa, have joined the elite club from the academic year 2016-17, adding 420 seats to the prestigious IITs.