The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2021 reported a record 21.75 lakh students registering for the examination to take the test in four cycles this year, as permitted by the education ministry. The number of registrations has thus, made JEE Main 2021 one of the biggest online, computer-based competitive examinations for admissions to undergraduate courses. These statistics were present as part of the registration data provided by authorities at the end of the last date on January 23, 2021. In the four cycles, 6,61,761 candidates have registered for the first cycle, 5,04,450 for second, 4,98,910 for the third cycle and 5,09,972 for the fourth cycle.
JEE Main examination shall be conducted in four cycles this year, the first session of which shall be conducted from February 23 to 26, 2021. The decision was taken to help students overcome the problem created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, authorities also wanted to ensure that students giving their board exams shall also receive the opportunity to sit for the national-level entrance examination. Thus, the entrance exam reported a record 21.75 lakh registrations this year spread across four cycles of the test.
Approximately 1.5 lakh students shall be appearing for the examination in 12 Indian languages including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, etc. Out of these 12 languages, 10 are being offered to students for the first time. Nearly half of those candidates i.e., 76,459 students have opted for the Hindi language. However, according to the registration data present on the last date of January 23, 2021, most JEE Main aspirants shall appear for the exam in the English language. Among the regional languages, Gujarati (44, 094) and Bengali (24,841) have the highest number of candidates.
The first cycle of JEE Main 2021 is scheduled in February 2021 has the highest number of students appearing for the exam i.e., 6,61761 candidates. The April session reported only 4,98,910 registrations which the lowest among all four cycles. However, the National Testing Agency (NTA), organising this examination, is expecting the numbers to increase once the registration window opens briefly for the second, third and fourth cycles.
Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh have reported significant chunk of the total JEE Main candidates in the country i.e., 22 lakh candidates each out of which Maharashtra (2,66,678) has the highest number of aspirants this year. Various states in the country including Haryana, UP, Odisha, Punjab and Maharashtra shall be using the JEE Main 2021 scores to grant admissions to students. Moreover, nearly 200 technical institutions in UP shall be using these scores for admissions.
JEE Main is conducted every year for candidates who wish to pursue undergraduate courses pertaining to Engineering, Technology and Architecture. Through this exam, candidates can seek admission in prestigious institutions across the country. Moreover, the students who qualify this exam with the expected cut-off are then eligible to give JEE Advanced.