New Delhi, March 29 : Around 50 cent of the candidates that are attempting the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Mains) this year come under the reserved quota category.
Coming into existence in the year 2013, replacing the All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE), the JEE Mains score is used for admissions to undergraduate engineering programmes in NITs, IIITs and other centrally funded technical institutions in India.
JEE Mains offline exam scheduled for April 6 and online exam scheduled to be held on April 9, April 11, April 12 and April 19 have a total of 13.57 lakh candidates who have registered for the exam.
According to a newspaper report, out of the total, 4.7 lakh candidates come under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category, 1.36 lakh are the ones from the Scheduled Caste (SC) category and the Scheduled Tribe consists of 57, 000 candidates which means the reserved category candidates total to 6.7 lakh. The total number of applicants in the general category is 6.9 lakh.
As per CBSE reports, the number of candidates from OBC category have been raising consistently over the years and so is the improvement in their performances.
In the year 2011, OBC candidates were 20 per cent of the total candidates. The year 2014 saw them reaching 35 per cent.