The demand for seats in prestigious IITs appears to have come down this year as only 1.60 lakh students out of 2.50 lakh eligible have applied for JEE Advanced 2020, when the deadline for registration ended today, Saturday, September 19, 2020.
This is the lowest in the past three years. In 2019, 1.73 lakh, and in 2018 1.65 lakh students had applied for the exam.
Only the Top- 2.50 lakh rankers in JEE Main are allowed to register for JEE Advanced.
The number was expected to be lower this year as the exams are held amid corona pandemic. Even for the JEE Main September 2020, over one lakh candidates skipped the exam.
The JEE Advanced 2020 is scheduled to be held on September 27, 2020. This year, IIT-Delhi is conducting the exam. The institute is all set to hold exams amid special precautions.
The exam will be held across 222 cities across India, up from 164 last year. The number of exam centres has been almost doubled from 600 last year to 1150 this year to ensure social distancing between students in exam centres. Masks and sanitisers are a must to appear for the exam.