Majority students, three out of four, chose to write the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) twice – first in January and second time in April. The option of attempting the competitive exam again was offered for the first time this year. For those writing the exam twice, the better of the two scores will be used for the final ranking.
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Reports state that a total of 10.25 lakh candidates attempted the second edition of the exam, which completed on April 12, slightly more than 10.13 lakh students who took exam in January. According to the National Testing Agency (NTA), 72 percent of the candidates were common to both editions.
Moreover, the JEE went completely online for the first time this year (2019). It was conducted at 470 centres across 267 cities. In comparison, 2018 had 10.5 lakh JEE candidates of which only two lakh took the test online. Critics said the decision to abolish the offline mode would put the rural students at disadvantage as they don’t have adequate access to computers and the internet. NTA argued that free practice sessions were conducted through a network of more than 4,200 test practice centres to benefit students from rural areas.
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The plus factor was that with the exam completely online, students were able to immediately see their own responses to the question papers and compare them with the answer key. NTA said Tuesday is the final date for students to challenge the answer key for the April edition.