In India, an average engineering aspirant spends at least 2 years rigorously studying for Joint Entrance Examination. A large portion of this number puts in 4 years, meaning they start their preparation from class 9. If that sounds farfetched, there are JEE preparatory courses from classes 6 also. So saying that engineering entrance exams in India are important would be an understatement.
Among the most important engineering entrance exams in India are JEE Main and JEE Advanced. For those who are preparing, these are familiar terms, for the uninitiated, here is a brief overview. There are NITs (National Institutes of Technology), IIIT (Indian Institute of Information Technology), CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institutes) that accept JEE Main scores for undergraduate engineering admissions. Then there are IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) that accept JEE Advanced scores. In order to sit for JEE Advanced, one first has to clear JEE Main and some more eligibility criteria specific to JEE Advanced. They are both entrance exams meant for students who have cleared 10+2.
Every year, JEE Main and JEE Advanced take place in April and May respectively. This year, already date of JEE Advanced 2018 has been announced, it is on May 20, 2018. Whereas only one date for JEE Main has been announced; CBSE will hold offline mode JEE Main 2018 on April 8, 2018. There are usually two dates on which JEE Main online exam is held and one on which offline is held. So as can be seen, only date of offline exam is known.
Those who have researched well on JEE exams know that CBSE published JEE Main notification around November 18 last year. However, reports are suggesting that this time CBSE will release JEE Main 2018 notification earlier, around November 15. Moreover, application form submission will start on November 30, again, only reports say so. Even then this wouldn’t be too far from usual schedule of JEE Main; last time form started on December 1.
Apart from these two, there are a number of other engineering entrance exams as well, for which application forms are already available. Those who have set their eyes on any of these colleges must apply and appear in these engineering entrance exams.
Such as, Manipal University is conducting MU OET 2018, for which applications are invited. VIT University is conducting VITEEE 2018, for which registrations have started. LPU holds a eligibility cum scholarship test called NEST, for which also forms are available. SRM University is conducting SRMJEEE 2018, again, for it, application forms are available. These are a handful, there are quite many more.
One thing that students should try to handle right now is their availability of Aadhaar card. Last year CBSE made Aadhaar card mandatory for registration. Whereas last year only some exams were requiring Aadhaar card, this year all exams, without any exception, has made it mandatory.
Form filling of JEE Main 2018 shall be another task, albeit simpler as compared to its preparation. Application forms of exams held by CBSE and most other boards are all online nowadays. Until a few years ago, students had to purchase forms, fill them, attach documents, send them by post. There were quite a number of logistical concerns in this process. With form going online, all those have indeed been eliminated. Now when JEE Main application form releases, candidates can just head over to jeemain.nic.in and apply.
After one has applied, they get admit card to appear in entrance exam. Again, admit card also releases online. Applicant needs to download and print it. They get to know of centre assigned to them through this document only. Then students, after having spent countless days and nights in preparing for this, appear in Joint Entrance Examination. Top 2,24,000 performers in JEE Main paper 1 can then appear in JEE Advanced.