JEE Main-1: For the January exam, over 9.65 lakh engineering aspirants have reportedly registered for JEE Main-1. This, when the dates, (January 6-20, 2019), coincide with Class XII board practical exams. The exam will also be held a second time in April. This number for the January 2019 cycle is 2.5 lakh less than that for JEE Main of April 2018, said a report in The Times of India.

“The numbers are much higher than anticipated. The National Talent Agency (NTA) was expecting around 6 lakh registrations for JEE-Main 1,” a senior official told the daily.  The official added, “Because of the preparation for board exams and since the second JEE will be held just three months later, we expected a smaller number. However, the registrations are close to those of previous exams. The numbers (for JEE-Main) are likely to increase in April as majority of those who take the test in January would look to improve their scores. Plus, there will be those that didn’t register in the round one.”

Engineering continues to be dominated by men, as is evident from a low 29% applications from female candidates, say MHRD sources. The number of SC aspirants is 9%, and that of ST aspirants is 3.7%. There are also 38 transgender aspirants. For UGC-NET, more than half (55%) of the candidates are women, and 19% are from SC category. About 8% are from ST category.

For the first time, these exams will be conducted by the NTA and will be computer-based. The exams will be conducted across 276 cities in India. The NTA runs 3,777 test practice centres of which 1,049 have started functioning from September this year. From next week, according to an NTA official, more test papers will be made available for those seeking a practice session.