Almost 50 per cent of the candidates who will appear in JEE Main 2014, belong to reserved quotas; says a new report.
The all India test, administered by the CBSE, serves dual purpose as the entrance examination for admission into a large number of engineering colleges across India, as well as the qualifying exam for the JEE–Advanced that determines eligibility for admission into the IITs.
It’s worth noting that the cast composite of JEE – Main has changes undergone almost a dramatic change over the past three years. This year, approximately 13.57 lakh candidates are likely to be appearing for the test, out of which, 1.36 lakh are SC, 56,000 are ST, 4.7 lakh are OBC. The number candidates belonging to reserved quotas stand at 6.7 lakh while that of candidates belonging to the General category stands at 6.9 lakh.
“This year, an almost equal number of open and reserved category students will write the exam. The number of OBC candidates is rising and we feel their performance is improving with each passing year,” said a CBSE official.
Compared to this year’s 35 per cent, OBC candidates made a mere 20 per cent of the total number of candidates in 2011.
“Moreover, there may be several OBC candidates within the general category pool as they may belong to the creamy layer,” added the official.
An IIT faculty member remarked: “We have noticed over the years that several OBC candidates vie for seats from within the general category and do not need reservation.”
Meanwhile, the gender composition of candidates is also dramatically changing with more female students applying for the exam.