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IIT-JEE Mains held today; here's why it's one of the most important exams
Considered to be one of the most important and toughest examinations of the country, the Joint Entrance Examination 2018 (JEE-MAIN) was held today. The entrance test is the door to admission to premier engineering institutes, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

The exam is held in both online and offline formats. While the offline version of the exam was held today, the online version shall be held on April 15 & 16. What makes the exam even more important is that more than a million students appear for it every year. The exam is conducted by the Central Board of School Education (CBSE).  

The CBSE had mandated that the students be frisked before entering the exam centres and ensure that they aren't carrying any electronic devices etc to avoid any cases of cheating. As per the exam guidelines, not even pens or pencils are allowed inside the examination centre.  

 

The exam was held throughout the country with centres in almost every state. A total of 11.25 lakh candidates had applied for the examination this year. The exam was held in 2 shifts.

 

The JEE Mains is the first level of exam for engineering students and only those who qualify it are then considered for the next level. The next level is JEE - Advanced. The answer key for the exam being held today is scheduled to be released in between 24 April and 27 April. The result of the exam will be declared on April 30. 

 

Also what is different this year is the fact that in a bid to improve the gender ratio in IITs, the institutes have offered an extra 779 seats over and above the normal quota.

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