The number of applicants for JEE Main-2015 has been decreased through country-wide for the first time in recent years but the number of applicants from Odisha for JEE Main has recorded more number of registrations than the last year.
Engineering institutions of the State rely on the JEE Main conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education, for admission to their undergraduate engineering courses and engineering colleges are considering it as a good news as there will be lesser vacant seats in the coming academic year. In 2014, around 48,000 applicants applied for JEE Main whereas around 50,000 students from the state have applied for the JEE Main-2015. Though the rise in the number of applicants by 2,000 is marginal but more students are opting for the JEE Main, this year shows that the inclination of students for admission to engineering courses has improved.
There are around 100 engineering colleges in the state out of which 12 are government-run institutions. These institutions have around 45,000 BTech seats for students.
Increase in the number of applicants is being considered a good trend as around 50% of total first year engineering seats were vacant in the different engineering colleges.
The number of applicants fell sharply after Odisha joined the JEE Main for the first time in 2014. In 2013, when the state was conducting the state-level OJEE for engineering admissions in the state, around 65,000 students had applied for the test. It is considered that the sharp fall in the number of students was due to the confusion among students after the state shifted to JEE Main and had sought re-introduction of OJEE for engineering admissions. Later the state government stuck to the admission through JEE Main after several rounds of consultations.
The sign of optimism for Odisha is because there is a drop in applicants for JEE Main by around 50,000 in the country. Around 13.03 lakh students registered for the national exam, compared to 13.56 lakh last year.