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The first Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains for engineering admissions will be conducted in online and offline modes in early April 2013. A Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) release said the offline JEE (Mains) will be held on April 7 and the computer-based test later that month. The All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), being replaced by JEE (Mains), is usually held on the fourth Sunday of April to give Class 12 students a breather after their board examinations. In 2013, CBSE and state board Class 12 exams finish by March-end, leaving students with just a week to prepare for the test.
"It's unfair. The announcement of a common entrance test came very late, and state board students have a different syllabus. Before we can unwind after the board exams we will have to be ready for this test," said Usharani Raman, a Class 12 student of a matriculation school in Chennai. Heads of CBSE schools felt it wouldn't make much of a difference. "Students will be mentally prepared for the test. CBSE students will have the same syllabus, so they will just have to prepare to answer analytical questions. They will find it easier," said Bhavan's Rajaji Vidyashram senior principal J. Ajeeth Prasath Jain. State board-affiliated institutions held similar views. "Postponing an exam by 20 days is not going to make a big difference. But, unless we match the state curriculum with that of the CBSE, like in some other states, we will be at a disadvantage," said the Shree Niketan Group of Schools correspondent P. Vishnucharan. Paper 2 of JEE (Mains), a pen and paper exam to test the ability of B.Arch or B.Planning aspirants, will also be held on April 7. The merit list for admission to NITs, IIITs, DTU and other centrally-funded technical institutions will be prepared by giving 40% weightage to Class 12 board exam marks and 60% to performance in the JEE (Mains). The three-hour JEE (Mains) will be an objective-type question paper, consisting of physics, chemistry and mathematics. Paper 2 of JEE (Mains) for admissions to B.Arch/ B.Planning courses at NITs, IIITs, DTU, Delhi and other CFTIs will test the candidate's mathematics and aptitude skills and also feature a drawing test. The duration of the test will be three hours. Only 1,50,000 of the top rankers in JEE (Mains) will be eligible for the JEE (Advanced) test, earlier known as IIT-JEE, for admission to IITs, IT-BHU and ISM Dhanbad. JEE (Advanced) will be held in early June 2013, in contrast to the IIT-JEE's usual date in April.
Courtesy: Times of India
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