For the past three years, the number of aspirants appearing for JEE (Mains) examination has been declining. Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, the Minister of State HRD Mr. Mahendra Nath Pandey mentioned that, though the number of aspirants appearing for an examination has been declining, the number of candidates shortlisted for IIT entrance (JEE Advanced) has been increasing.
According to the information provided by the minister, the number of candidates who appeared for JEE (Main) was 12,34,760 in the year 2015. It has declined to 12,07,058 in the year 2016. Similarly, the number of candidates appearing for JEE (Advanced) has increased from 1,19,575 (2014) to 1,47,678 (2016).
On the other hand, a total number of 823 SC students made it to the Common Rank List (CRL) in the JEE (Advanced) examination this year. These students secured a general rank apart from the 50 percent relaxation in the marks they were entitled to. Last year, a total number of 515 SC students secured ranks in CRL.
This year, 7,339 students cleared the JEE (Advanced) examination out of which 11.21 percent of candidates secured ranks in CRL. It is a good sign that the number of students securing ranks in CRL has been increasing year after year. It clearly indicates the academic standards of India.
This year, the JEE examination was conducted by IIT Guwahati.