New Delhi, Apr 8: More than 5.6 lakh candidates appeared today for the IIT Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) as compared to 4.6 lakh who took the exam last year.
The exam was held at 1,067 centres across the country for admission to nearly 9,618 undergraduate seats in 15 IITs, IT-BHU and ISM Dhanbad.
IIT Delh organized JEE 2012 which is probably going to be the last exam in this pattern.
The HRD ministry is planning to introduce a national common examination for admission to all central-level engineering institutes like IITs from next year.
Performance in the school board exam may also be considered for admission from 2013 onwards.
This year, 74,493 students registered for JEE 2012 in the IIT Delhi zone which includes Delhi city, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh, Jammu, Indore, Ujjain, Alwar, Sikar, Udaipur, Aligarh, Mathura and Dubai.
IITs had allowed free online registration for female aspirants this year. Even the offline forms for girls were priced at Rs 200 while they were for Rs 1800 for male candidates in the general and OBC categories.
JEE is held in two parts with three papers each - chemistry, mathematics and physics.
The results are scheduled to be declared on May 18. Of 4, 68,240 candidates who appeared last year, only 13,602 had qualified for admission.