The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-main), for the first time will be conducted with more language options other than English and Hindi. Students can now take the JEE-Main 2014 in languages like Gujarati, Marathi and Urdu at some centers in the State of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
The JEE-Main is conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) every year as criteria to determine the eligibility for B.Tech/BE admissions in leading Engineering colleges in India. The registration for the JEE (mains) 2014 closed on 06 January 2014.
Only the top 1.5 lakh students from those qualified in JEE (main) will be allowed to take the JEE (advanced) exam for admission to 16 IITs, and Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. And, the rest will be qualified to seek admission to other central and state institutes.
For the JEE (main) 2013, only Gujarat had agreed with CBSE to use the JEE (main) score for admission to its technical institutes. But this year, three states — Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha have also joined the row.
Students who have opted for any of the 35 centres in Maharashtra can write the exam in Marathi, Urdu, English or Hindi. Those opting for a centre in Gujarat can write the exam in Gujarati, English or Hindi.
According to official sources, nearly 340 students have registered for writing the exam in Urdu, 938 in Marathi and 60,142 in Gujarati.
"This is a positive trend and will help in giving a level playing field. We are hopeful that more states will join us next year. This will give us a wider platform to include more regional languages for the exam. In the long run, it will benefit the students," a senior official said.
With three more states joining, the overall number of registrations for JEE (mains) has also increased this year as compared to last year.