New Delhi: The number of applications for Joint Entrance Examination-Mains (JEE-Mains) has been reduced again for the fourth consecutive year.
JEE-Mains is the most sought examination by aspirants of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology and other premier engineering colleges.
The total number of registrations, however, has been on a dip and is dropped by 15.3%, as per a report by Hindustan Times.
According to the data of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), around 11.48 lakh students have registered for the exam this year, witnessing a cut of 51,000 applications out of the total registrations of 11.99 lakh last year.
There were 12.07 lakh registrations in 2016 and 13.04 lakh in 2015, whereas, 12.82 lakh registrations in 2013 and 13.56 lakh in 2014.
“Students are very smart these days and know that a degree alone is of no use if it does not assure a lucrative job thereafter. Courses such as management and law are becoming increasingly popular among the youth these days whereas a degree in medicine or engineering seems to have taken a back seat,” said the director of a state-based engineering institute.