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JEE Main - Drop in JEE Main Registration

Last Updated - January 11, 2018

JEE Main Registration has shut down on January 1, 2018. IIT aspirants wait all year to register for the JEE Main exam. However, according to the CBSE, the conducting body has said, the registration numbers have dropped this year as compared to last year. Around 11.5 lakh students have registered for the JEE Main Exam till date. 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 announced. 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:

Jee main Registration

Reasons for Decline in Numbers

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

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

Does this Mean Less Competition?

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

More Candidates Opting for Online Exam

Another trend that was noticed was that more candidates are opting to write the exam online. 2.5 lakh candidates 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 conducted online. This could be a reason why students confident on clearing the Mains are opting for CBT.

Other Trends

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

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 candidates from their states and have to fill up the application form online.Read More About List of States Participating in JEE Main 2018 Admission Process

Admission Criteria

Clearing 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. To gain admission, candidates need to secure 75% in class 12 or should be a part of the top 20 percentile in the respective board exam. However, for SC/ST candidates the qualifying marks is 65% in the class 12 board exam. Check JEE Main Cut Off


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