The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main of this year 2015 begins in Odisha today. Almost 50000 students from the state appeared in this test.
The examination, which began at 9.30 AM at 76 centres in nine cities and towns of the state, would be concluded at 12.30 PM.
Of the 76 centres, 21 in Bhubaneswar, 5 are in Angul, 10 each in Baleswar, Brahmapur and Cuttack, 8 in Sambalpur, 6 in Rourkela, 4 in Jepore and 2 in Bhawanipatna.
Officials from CBSE, which is conducting the test, said the number of candidates who had registered for the computer-based test, has seen an upward trend.
While there were about 2,000 students for the online exam last year, about 4,000 have opted for the online exam this time.
The online tests will be held on April 10 and April 11. The national-level test ranks will be used for BTech admissions in both central and state-level engineering colleges.
While the students qualifying the JEE Main examination would be eligible for admission in government and select private engineering colleges in the state, about 1.5 lakh students qualifying the JEE Main examination would appear the JEE Advance test on May 24 for which they have to register their name online on May 2 and download their admit card on May 9.
The results of the JEE Advance test would be announced on June 18 after which the process for counselling for admission in IIT, NIT, IIIT and other central institutes would begin.