West Bengal Examinations Board (WBJEEB) has released notification and information bulletin for the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) 2020. Online application form will be available from today afternoon at wbjeeb.nic.in.
What are the important dates for WBJEE 2020?
WBJEE 2020 exam date is February 2, 2020. Paper I will be held from 11 am to 1 pm, and paper II will be held from 2 pm to 4 pm.
The starting date for online application form submission is today, October 18, 2019. Whereas the last date to apply online will be November 13, 2019.
Application form correction will be available from just one day after the last date to apply, that is from November 14, 2019. It will only be available for three days, until November 16, 2019. WBJEEB will issue admit card on January 27, 2020.
Why is WBJEEB conducting WBJEE 2020 so soon?
Every year WBJEEB conducts WBJEE in April or May. Last year the exam was held on May 26. In 2018, it was held on April 22. In 2017, the state level entrance exam was held on April 23. Holding WBJEE 2020 in February, that too on the first Sunday, is a significant change in the way this exam is usually held.
Neither the board has given any specific reason for conducting WBJEE in February, nor does there seem to be any obvious reason that catches the eye. The only speculation is that maybe the state wants to hold the entrance exam before higher secondary (board) exams. WB HS 2020 schedule is out, as per which, the class 12th exams will begin on March 12, 2020, and end on March 27, 2020.
Every year, the entrance exam is after the board exams. Maybe students are unable to focus on board exams due to the joint entrance, and for this reason, now board wants to hold the joint entrance in such a way that students get more than a month to prepare for the board exams. This is however mere speculation at this point.
As per the notification, the exam date is tentative, and “may be changed in extraordinary circumstances”.
WBJEE is a state level entrance exam which is conducted for admission to undergraduate courses in engineering & technology, pharmacy and architecture in universities, govt. colleges and self-financed institutes in the state.
It will be a pen-paper based test which will consist of MCQ type questions. There will be three (03) categories of questions in each of the subjects namely physics, mathematics, and chemistry.
To appear for the entrance exam, a candidate must be a citizen of India. The lower age limit is 17 years as on December 31, 2020. Furthermore, students seeking admission in engineering must have passed 10+2 in physics and mathematics along with any one of chemistry, biotechnology, biology, computer science, computer application, technical vocational subject as compulsory subject. Candidate should have obtained 45% marks in the three subjects taken together and should have passed in english subject with 30% marks.
For admission in pharmacy courses, the candidates should have passed 10+2 with physics, chemistry and maths or biology by obtaining at least 40% marks taken together in the three subjects.
The application form for WBJEE 2020 will release online at the Board’s website. Students have to register first by providing their basic details. Once the registration is done, they will receive the login details which will be required to fill in details in the application form, downloading the admit card, checking the result, etc. In the WBJEE Application Form, candidates have to provide their personal details, academic qualification details, upload images, select the test centre and pay the application fee.
The application fee for WBJEE 2020 is Rs. 700 for General category candidates and Rs. 500 for SC, ST, OBC-A, OBC-B category candidates. The registration fee is payable by online mode only through credit card/ debit card/ net banking.