Note: This post is a continuous summary/updates of the changes that were suggested and accepted for JEE 2017.
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Last Updated: December 5, 2016
NRI students can apply for JEE Main 2017 using their Passport details. No Aadhaar Card required for NRI aspirants. Notice for NRI Students
Update: November 26, 2016
By making changes in the JEE Main 2017 notification, CBSE has clarified some points about the Aadhaar Card requirement for filling JEE Main 2017 application form.
- The Aadhaar Card is not required for students of states – J&K, Assam & Meghalaya. They need to enter any other valid Govt. identity number (like ration card number, bank account number, etc.) provided they should select the city of examination in these states only.
- In order to facilitiate applicants who are not having Aadhaar, the CBSE has specially set up facilitation centres in each city of examination for the purpose of Aadhaar enrolment.
Update: November 19, 2016
Aadhaar Card mandatory to apply for JEE Main 2017. All the Indian citizen candidates should possess AADHAAR card issued by UIDAI.
JEE Main 2017 Offline Exam (Paper 1 and Paper 2) will be conducted on April 2, 2017. JEE Main 2017 Online Exam will be on 8th and 9th April 2017.
Update: September 20, 2016
From 2017, as many as 20,000 more candidates will be eligible to write the JEE (Advanced) after clearing JEE (Main) thus taking the total number of such candidates to 2.2 lakh.
IIT JEE Advanced 2017 to be held on May 21.
Update: August 24, 2016
IIT council and MHRD have decided that NAT (National Aptitude Test) may not replace JEE anytime soon. JEE Main and JEE Advanced, two stage exam format for admission in IITs, will continue for 2017 and later years.
Update: June 9, 2016
AICTE is considering to introduce a NEET like common engineering entrance exam for admissions in all engineering colleges. JEE Main can be made compulsory, nation wide exam for students, in that case, separate State CETs for engineering will not be conducted in the future.
JEE Advanced will continue to be the exam for admission in IITs.
This JEE Main change is unlikely to be implemented from 2017.
Update: 25th May, 2016
A possible new change in IIT JEE paper pattern : HRD (Former) minister Smriti Irani has said that – Syllabus of IIT JEE, in future, will be from class 12th. The year is not clear. There is no information whether IIT JAB will implement it from 2017 or not. For now, consider JEE syllabus as the existing one only.
IITs have assured the government that the questions will be of Class 12 level. But you can’t solve the questions without class 11 concepts. So, practically, there should be no difference in your JEE preparation. The students should equally focus on the syllabus of both class 11 and 12.
Update on 8th April, 2016 : MHRD have now confirmed that there will not be any changes in JEE 2017 exam format except of dispensing 40% board marks weightage for calculating the JEE Main ranks.
The eligibility criteria of JEE Main will be the same like JEE Advanced i.e. 75% marks or be in top 20 percentile in class 12th exams.
So that means, MHRD have rejected the CEP proposal of conducting an aptitude test as a qualifying exam for JEE.
Here is the official disclosure: Changes in JEE 2017 Examination
Update on 2nd April, 2016 : As per Indian Express sources, HRD ministry have finally taken a decision on Board marks weightage. They have decided to scrap it. From 2017, Board marks will not be counted for admission in NITs. So, it’s the end of Normalization process!
Update on 18th March, 2016 : As per my recent Twitter interaction with HT journalist, IIT council’s standing committee recommends aptitude test to screen students in place of JEE main starting from 2017, and the final words can be expected within a week. The decision would require the nod of HRD Minister Smriti Irani.
Update on 10th March, 2016 : As per a new HT report, For JEE 2017, we may not see NAT, and the current system of JEE Main and JEE Advanced may remain for 2017 also. The reason for not implementing the CEP recommendations are cited as,
A section of stakeholders feels that any new aptitude exam, which is online, may be against the interests of the rural and socially backward students.
The report also hinted of not scrapping the board marks weightage for admission into NITs and CFTIs,
“But it was pointed out that when weightage has been given to the class 12 boards, the girls and rural students could do better. Keeping these equity issues in mind, the ministry is contemplating not to change this system for 2017.”
This is as per news sources though, no official words yet!
How it’s started – JEE Changes
Let’s not go into the history of IIT JEE and see the present pattern of JEE (applicable to 2016). In short, JEE Main is conducted for admission into NITs and other engineering colleges except IITs. JEE Main is also a screening test for JEE Advanced. On the basis of ranks in JEE Advanced, students get admitted to various IITs.
In the second half of 2015, we heard about changes in JEE format that MHRD and IIT council were considering. As per the the recommendations of Committee of Eminent Persons (CEP) Constituted by the IIT council, these were the possible changes,
JEE Examination is expected to change into a new format from 2017. A new scientific aptitude test (NAT) as qualifying exam for appearing in JEE, removing Class 12 Board weight-age from JEE Main, and a single entrance exam for admission into all engineering colleges are some of the big recommendations from IIT Council.
The Below Information About NAT Will Not be Applicable for JEE 2017.
National Aptitude Test (NAT) – The Big Game Changer
The National Aptitude Test (NAT) (currently in planned stage) will be a preliminary screening exam for IITs, NIT and other engineering colleges. The NAT will test students on aptitude and logical reasoning questions.
If all goes as per plan, the first NAT will be conducted in October- November this year. All class 12 students of 2016-17 session will be eligible to give NAT.
The government is planning to conduct NAT twice in a year. For IITs, NITs, etc., the top 4 lakh students will be picked based on the NAT score and will be eligible to take the JEE exam.
Please note that the above information is not official but likely to be the new format of JEE 2017.
Summary of the likely changes in JEE format from 2017:
An online aptitude test (NAT) will be the screening test for JEE. About 4 lakhs students will be selected on the basis of performance in NAT. Only one JEE exam (similar to the current JEE Advanced) will be conducted by IITs. 40,000+ students will be ranked for admission into NITs and IITs (There may be a common counselling).
- Board marks will not be counted for final JEE Main Ranks calculation.