11.5 lakh students have registered for JEE Main 2018. This figure is slightly less than that of last year. However, the number of students who will appear for online paper has risen.
The registration figures are: 11.5 lakh students have registered overall; 2.25 lakh have opted for computer-based test, whereas, 9.25 lakh will take the pen and paper-based test. As compared to last year, the numbers were 12 lakh, 1.8 lakh, and 10.2 lakh respectively. This marks an overall dip in registrations, but rise in test takers for the online exam.
A small significant rise in the number of students choosing the online format of exam could be because JEE Advanced 2018 will be held completely online. so it is possible students want to gain experience in CBT and opted for both exams as online.
The decline in registrations was also seen in years 2015, 2016, and 2017. For “PBT”, there were 11,86,454 applications in 2017, 11,94,938 applications in 2016, 13,04,495 applications in 2015, 13,56,805 applications in 2014, and 12,82,000 applications in 2013.
What could be the reason for the JEE dip?
Experts suggest the reason is that many students have realized now that engineering degree does not necessarily guarantee a job as the previous notion. Moreover, they now have a wider variety of career choices.
Currently, there are around 27 lakh engineering seats lying unclaimed in India. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to shut down colleges with less than 30% admissions in past five years. These colleges have been either asked to shut down or merge with nearby colleges.
Another reason is Indian states dropping out of JEE system; they now conduct state level entrance exams. For example, WBJEE is the engineering entrance exam for West Bengal, UPSEE is the entrance exam for Uttar Pradesh, MHT CET is for Maharashtra, and so on. In these states, students may or may not appear for JEE Main, but they do appear for state exams as they offer better chances of admission to state government colleges.
Does this mean that admission to top engineering colleges is easier?
No, this does not mean that admission to top engineering colleges is easier. If anything, competition to top colleges only gets tougher each year. Only a few colleges boast of excellent infrastructure, teachers, placements and rankings. Based on these factors, all students who appear in JEE Main dream of getting admission in these and thus competition for them do not fall.