With effect from this year, National Testing Agency (NTA) will be conducting the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main exam twice. This will provide students a chance to improve their scores, if they are not satisfied with their scores in the first attempt. This also means that aspirants who fail to score well need not waste an entire academic year waiting for the next exam.
In an attempt to improve their scores, over 70 percent students—6.69 lakh aspirants [out of the over 9 lakh who appeared for the JEE (Main 1)]— have already registered for the Main 2 Exam, which will be held between April 7 and 20, in various centres across the country and abroad as well.
The test will be a totally online CBT mode examination for all the papers except drawing section of Paper II for B.Arch, which will be conducted in paper/pencil mode.
In the past, it has been common for students to drop a year to prepare and appear for the examination again the following year, if they failed to get satisfactory scores. This new option will be advantageous to students as the best of the two scores will be taken into consideration while preparing the final merit list for JEE Advanced, for which the NTA will shortlist 2.24 lakh candidates. Also, the students will get enough time to prepare for the second attempt.