Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination (JCECE) has announced that it will be conducting the joint entrance examination (JEE) between June 12 and June 19. JEE is the entrance exam for medical admissions including, MBBS, BDS, veterinary and other courses.
The last date for submitting applications for the exam was May 16. 52, 000 students are expected to appear for the JEE which also includes engineering and other courses, besides students seeking medical admissions.
The board has implied that the delay is happening because of the wait for Centre’s ordinance, which allows states to hold their own medical entrance test for this academic year. It also means that the state will not have to compulsory opt for NEET.
“Though fixed initially for June 12, the revised dates will be announced as soon as the ordinance copy reaches us,” JCECE controller of examinations Pradeep Kumar said to TOI. Kumar said the final dates will be announced this week.
In addition JCECE implied that they are giving students the time to reorganize by deferring the exams by at least 7 days. Logistical work including admit cards dissemination and arrangement of exam centres can also be completed during this period.
The state offers 360 MBBS seats, out of which 85% (305) are under the state quota. 150 is reserved under the SC, ST and OBC category.
MCI has received a request from the state government to introduce a new evaluation system for SC/ST candidates seeking medical admissions. A new percentile evaluation system is proposed to be implemented. The state government has proposed the new measure to lower the eligibility criteria for students from tribal backgrounds.
During the meeting, state ministers implied that the current cut-off set by MCI for providing admissions to SC/ST candidate is posing problems for the admissions in the state. At present, the SC/ST candidate appearing for the entrance exam for MBBS admission has to secure at least 40%.
The JCECE controlled examinations has given the health department reasons to be hopeful of filling up the seats, department sources said to TOI.