JEE Main 2018- Drop in JEE Main Registration

Last Updated - January 13 2018

JEE Main Registration has shut down on January 1, 2018. Around 11.5 lakh students have registered for the JEE Main Exam till date. IIT candidates wait all year to register for the JEE Main exam. However, according to the CBSE, the organizing body has stated, the registration numbers have dropped this year as compared to last year. A drop of 51,000  applications is marked from last year.

Fall in Registration Numbers

The last date to submit the application fee was January 2. This year no extension date for filling out applications had released. The drop in application numbers doesn’t come as a surprise. According to the trend analysis, over the last 5 years, there has been a 15% decrease in total registrations for the exam. 

The fall in registrations over the years can be seen in the graph given below: 

Reasons for Decline in Numbers

Several reasons can be attributed to the decline in the number of aspirants registered for JEE Main 2018. According to experts, students feel that getting an engineering degree might not help them secure a job, unlike previous. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has released that colleges that have less than 30% admission over the last five years should close down or merge with other institutions. As a result, quite a few private engineering colleges have 27 lakh vacant seats.

Another reason that can be attributed to this trend is that many states are organizing their own entrance exams. WBJEE is organized in West Bengal, MHT CET is organized in Maharashtra and UPSEE is organized in Uttar Pradesh and likewise in other states. A percentage of students who would have registered for JEE Main is now focusing on state exams.

Does this Mean Less Competition?

Having stated that the number of aspirants writing the JEE Main has dropped does not imply that there will be less competition. Even though the number of aspirants is less, seats available at top engineering colleges like the IITs and the NITs are limited in number.

More Aspirants Opting for Online Exam

Another trend that was noticed was that more aspirants are opting to write the exam online. 2.5 lakh aspirants opted to take the computer-based test while 9.25 lakh students opted for the paper and pen test. Last year, 1.8 lakh students opted for online test.

The small but significant rise in takers for the CBT since the JEE Advance 2018 will be organized online. This could be a reason why students confident in completing the Mains are opting for CBT.

Other Trends

Maharashtra is one of the states that has the maximum number of aspirants for JEE Mains. But when compared to the earlier years there are more participants this year in the state with 1.63 lakh participants. However, there has been a decline in the number of exam takers for JEE Mains in the state as well.

From this year on, Odisha, Nagaland, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh along with other institutions have joined the JEE Mains system. However, each of these states will send out admission criteria to aspirants from their states and have to fill up the application form online.

Admission Criteria for JEE Main 2018

Completing the JEE Mains is step one of a series of steps to gain admission into premier engineering colleges like IITs, IIITs, NITs and other CFTIs. Check JEE Main Cut Off However, for SC/ST aspirants the qualifying marks is 65% in the class 12 board exam. To gain admission, aspirants obligatory to secure 75% in class 12 or should be a part of the top 20 percentile on the respective board exam.


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