Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 2:
About 47, 000 students from Odisha would appear for the Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE) mains examination scheduled to be held tomorrow.
Amid tight security arrangements, the pen and paper based entrance examination will be held at 71 centres in nine cities and towns across the state. Of the 71 centres, 21 are in Bhubaneswar. The other centres are in Angul, Balasore, Berhampur, Bhawanipatna, Cuttack, Jeypore, Rourkela and Sambalpur.
On the other hand, the computer based examination will be held on April 9-10.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for the first time is going to install mobile phone jammers in the examination centres to prevent the use of mobile phones as a mode of malpractice.
Besides, the exam conducting body has also decided not to allow candidates to carry pen or pencil to the centres. The authorities would provide them pen to write answers.
With the three-tier security arrangements in place, the officials would ensure that students don’t carry electronic gadgets, calculators, mobile phones and watch to the centre.
The examinations would be held in two shifts of three hours duration each. The first shift will be from 09:30 am to 12:30 pm (IST) and the second shift will be from 14:00 to 17:00 hours (IST) if required.
This year, approximately 13 lakh students are expected to take the exams all over the country through offline and online mode.
JEE (Main) scores are taken into account for admission to undergraduate engineering and architecture programmes at National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), other Centrally-funded technical institutions, and institutions funded by participating state governments.