An official from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which conducts JEE (Main), said that the numbers of students appearing for the exam might just go up by a few hundreds as the registration date has been extended up to January 10, not making a major difference to the total. Of the total aspirants, close to 15%, that is, 1.86 lakh students, have chosen to go for the online test. Though registrations for the online test have gone up from last year's 1.71 lakh, there are not many takers.
For the last few years, JEE (Main) and before that, the AIEEE, has always recorded a rise in the numbers of aspirants, even when the difference was marginal. In 2013, 12.82 lakh had registered for JEE (Main) and in 2012, the number was 12.20 lakh. Even for IIT-JEE, the registrations went up from 3.21 lakh in 2008 to 5.07 lakh in 2012. Since 2013, after the two-tier system was introduced, the top 1.5 lakh students from JEE (Main) have been shortlisted for JEE (Advanced). Though the percentage dip is not significant this year for JEE (Main), over 50,000 have opted to stay out of the race to get into engineering institutes.
Professor D B Phatak from IIT-Bombay said that the number of students seeking admission to engineering colleges has remained constant for some years now. "Around 12 lakh students take admissions to engineering colleges across the country for the last few years through various entrance exams. The number of students taking admissions to engineering courses has reached a saturation level. The numbers of colleges, however, have not remained static," said Phatak. He added that IITs, including the newer ones, have never had a problem in getting talent.
Written by:ChandanaManabadi Results Updated at: 06:44:00