The Joint Entrance Examination, commonly referred to as the JEE will only see slightly over 13 lakh students competing for seats in some of India’s most prestigious engineering institutes this year. The figure, as per records available in the public domain, is 52,000 short of where it stood just a year back, in 2014.
For all of India, except Manipur which recently joined the National Level Exam, the last day for registration for JEE (Main) 2015 was on December 27, 2014. For students from Manipur, the last day for registration had been extended to January 10.
JEE is divided into two different exams – JEE Main 2015 and JEE Advance 2015. JEE Main is used to pick eligible candidates for admission into centrally funded engineering institutes such as National Institute of Technology (NIT) and others. JEE Advance, on the other hand, determines the fate of all those students who want to secure a seat in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
JEE Main also happens to be the qualifier exam to sit in the JEE Advance.
Since 2012, JEE was witnessing an increase in the number of total candidates, and this happens to be the first time in years when the number has dropped.
“Poor quality of faculty in the engineering colleges and increase in job opportunities in other streams could be the reasons for decrease in the number of people registering for JEE Main,” said an IIT aspirant, as reported by the HT.
However, not all are forecasting a gloomy future for JEE and India’s technical education fraternity. GT Thampi, principal, Thadomal Shahani College of Engineering, Bandra said, “This trend seems temporary. The interest in engineering education is decreasing because of the higher fees charged in engineering institute compared to other courses. However, placements in engineering institutes have suffered leaving many engineers unemployed.”