Approximately 5.6 lakh students are registered for the IIT-JEE Joint Entrance Exam this year as compared to 4.6 lakh who took the exam last time. The exam will be held at 1,067 centres across the country on Sunday (8 April 2012) for admission to almoat 9,618 undergraduate seats in 15 IITs, IT-BHU and ISM Dhanbad. IIT Delhi is organizing JEE 2012 which is probably going to be the last exam in this pattern. Ministry of human resource development is planning to introduce a national common examination for admission to all central-level engineering institutes like IITs from next year. Performance in the school board exam may also be considered for admission from 2013 onwards.
As for this year, 74,493 students are expected to sit for JEE 2012 in the IIT Delhi zone which includes Delhi city, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh, Jammu, Indore, Ujjain, Alwar, Sikar, Udaipur, Aligarh, Mathura and Dubai. According to officials at IIT Delhi, which is organizing JEE this year, the number of girls has gone up significantly this time. “There were roughly around 22% girls who registered for JEE last year. This time 33% of the applicants are females,” said Professor G B Reddy, chairperson, JEE 2012.