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JEE-Main 2018: Cities holding exam to increase from 113 to 258

PUBLISH DATE 22nd February 2018

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has doubled the number of cities for Joint Entrance ExaminationMain (JEE-Main) 2018 so that candidates from smaller towns and villages can find centres closer to their homes.

The number of cities where the exam will be held this year has been increased to 258 from 113 in 2017.

The number was increased despite a considerable dip in registrations over the past four years. This year, 11.64 lakh students registered for the exam which is 51,000 less in comparison to 2017.

“There have been numerous instances where year-after-year students have travelled all over the country to give for the test. Increasing the number of exam cities will benefit them,” said a senior CBSE official.

He added that apart from increasing the number of cities in India, another city was added in Qatar, taking the total count of exam cities outside India to 10.

In India, maximum number of exam cities are in Maharashta

(31) followed by Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh

—18 each — and Tamil Nadu (17). “While 9,24,000 students will appear for pen-paper format on April 8, the remaining 2,40,000 have opted for online test that will be held on April 15 and 16. Exam cities in both categories have been increased,” the official added.

HT had earlier highlighted the growing concern over the falling number of students applying for engineering courses in the past few years after registrations fell for the fifth consecutive year. The figures stood at 12 lakh in

2016 and 13 lakh in 2015. However, registrations had increased from 12.8 lakh in 2013 to 13.5 lakh in 2014.

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