500 foreign nationals to appear in JEE exam; 6 international exam centres to be set up

Around 500 foreign player have been registered for JEE (Advanced) 2017 exams for admissions to the IITs compared to 19 last year. For the first time, the test to get admission in India’s premier engineering institutions will be conducted in six countries which includes Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangaldesh, Singapora, Ethiopia and the UAE. These cities had hosted the exams last year as well. This year too, around 21% of 2.2 lakh candidate who qualified to appear for JEE (Advanced) in JEE (Main) opted out of the test. Meanwhile, 22,000 more candidates were shortlisted compared to previous year. The percentage of students giving the IIT entrance test a miss remain unchanged.

Not every student is keen on writing the JEE (Advanced) and going through the gruelling process of one more competitive exam. Although the absolute numbers have gone up from last years 1.6 lakh to 1.7 lakh but the percentage of students opting out of it has remained the same. Around 500 foreign nations have applied but are yet to compiled the list to see which nationalities they belong to. Ethiopia is the only African country in the list and of the remaining five, three are SAARC countries. The exam centres will be set up in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (the UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Singapore. Seats available to foreign candidates would be in addition to existing ones and will not result in reduction of seats for Indian students.

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