The JEE Main 2014 Exam, conducted by the CBSE, selects students for engineering colleges across the country and is a qualifying test for the advanced exam on the basis of which admissions to the IITs take place. This year JEE Main 2014 Candidates details are out of 13.57 lakh applicants, 4.7 lakh are OBC, 1.36 lakh are SC and 56,000 are ST, totalling about 6.7 lakh reserved category candidates; the number of general category applicants is 6.9 lakh.
This year, an almost equal number of open and reserved category students will write the exam. The number of OBC candidates is rising and we feel their performance is improving with each passing year. While in 2011, OBC candidates made up a little more than 20% of the pool of applicants, this time their share is 35%. Moreover, there may be several OBC candidates within the general category pool as they may belong to the creamy layer.
The gender breakup of candidates has also undergone change, with more girls applying for the exam: 3.63 lakh girls, or nearly 27% of the total applicants, a percentage higher than before. The exam will be conducted in paper-pen mode on April 6 and computer mode on April 9, 11,12 and 19. Like last year, most candidates have chosen the paper-pen mode: 11.85 lakh. Merely 1.72 lakh have chosen the electronic mode.