Around 45 percent candidates from Gujarat skipped the Joint Entrance Exams (JEE) which began nationwide on Tuesday for admission in engineering and pharmacy courses. A senior official said the percentage of students skipping the test stood at 25-30 percent in earlier years and the current figure was “10-15 percent” more.
The state government had said on Monday that 38,167 students had registered for the exam being conducted by the National Testing Agency in 32 centres in 13 districts between September 1-6.
“On the first day, out of 3,020 registered students, only 1,664, or 55 percent, remained present, while 1,356 (45 percent) did not turn up. Normally, 25-30 per cent students skip the exams every year. The percentage this year is higher by 10-15,” said Virendra Ravat, JEE Coordinator for Gujarat.
On September 1, JEE Main exam was conducted for B.Arch and B.Planning aspirants.
Several media reports and Tweets have alleged that on the first day, JEE Main exam was not conducted in Jankipuram Extension and Krishna Nagar centres of Uttar Pradesh, causing confusion among students. However, NTA, through its official Twitter account, had clarified that no exam was scheduled in the two reported centres.
“This is false information. There are no exams scheduled in Krishna Nagar and Jankipuram Extension centres today,” NTA had said on social media.
Source: PTINews, States