The registration figures for February 2021 session are noteworthy as 6,61,761 candidates have applied to take the exam in the very first session. As many as 5, 04,540 students have applied for March 2021 cycle, followed by 4,98,910 for April and 5,09,972 for May cycle.
This year, students can take the exam four times. Hence, there is no clarity if the increased registrations are because of one student’s application for multiple cycles.
BS Murty, director, IIT Hyderabad, says that maximum registrations in February may be due to the boards. “Usually, the board exams are conducted in March. But, this year the state and central board exam schedules span from March to June. Students would want to get done with the entrance exams and then focus on the board exams,” he says. I think this is May, or do we have some state boards in March.
Those who are sure of clearing JEE Main will want to save sufficient time to give their best shot at JEE Advanced 2021. Hence, they are utilising the earliest given opportunity, Murty adds.
NV Ramana Rao, director, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal, says February is a safe bet for students as no other entrance exam is being conducted in that month.
“Due to the delayed CBSE board exams, most entrance exams have been rescheduled this year. After finishing with JEE Main, students will get time to focus on other entrances. Most students treat the first attempt as a practice round to experience the feel and pressure of the exam. They may appear in the subsequent cycles to improve their scores,” Rao says.
Several states organise their engineering entrance tests in April-May. The Andhra Pradesh Engineering Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test (AP EAMCET) is likely to be conducted in April, Maharashtra common entrance test (MHT CET) 2021 is expected to be held in July and dates for BITSAT 2021 are yet to be released.
“As various entrance exams are yet to release their final exam schedule and the uncertainty is stressing out the students. Hence, they are trying to make use of the available opportunity,” he adds.