New Delhi, Apr 13 (UNI) Days after the Supreme Court cleared the decks for 27 per cent OBC quota in the elite centrally-run educational institutes, a record number of over 3.2 lakh students today appeared for the IIT Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE) across the country for admission to seven prestigious IITs, the ISM, Dhanbad and IT-Varanasi.
The main paper comprised three subjects-- Physics, Chemistry and Maths. The examination was divided into two sections of three hours each. Objective type questions pertaining to the three core subjects figured in both the sections.
While last year the IIT JEE had decided to change the pattern, making provision for two papers in place of three earlier, there has been no change in the question pattern this time.
Last year about 2.5 lakh students appeared for the IIT-JEE, while this year the number has gone up by 40 per cent.
The test was conducted in seven zones.
The candidates include 53,000 students from Delhi zone alone. The examination was held in 600 centres across the country, including 117 centres in Delhi zone.
Students qualifying the entrance will be eligible to take admission to the IITs at Kharagpur, Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Kanpur, Guwahati and Roorkee.
There has been no change in the pattern of questions this time.
The IIT JEE had last year decided to change the pattern making provision for two papers in place of three earlier.
There are about 4,000 seats in IITs. These institutions are supposed to increase the seats for implementing OBC reservation.
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