The Mock Joint Entrance Examination that Rotaract Club of National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi (NIT-T) will conduct on January 20 has been designed to expose participants to the new pattern of examination.

In the wake of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announcing conduct of Joint Entrance Examination Main – hitherto All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) – to determine eligibility for admission into National Institutes of Technology (NIT), National Institutes of Information Technology (NIIT) and other Central/State Government-funded institutions during April, Rotaract Club of National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi (NIT-T) has deemed it fit to explain the new pattern of examination to as many students as possible, particularly those in State-Board schools.

According to members of Rotaract Club Aravind and Rinit, the new pattern should not be a cause for concern to students. As students will be appearing for the first examination of its kind, Rotaract Club will put them in a state of preparedness. The exam, according to them, will help participating students gain insights into the method of questioning. The exposure students would gain from the exam will provide participating students requisite confidence to crack other engineering entrance examinations as well, they said.

Students of NIT-T have been carrying out the awareness exercise every year, to increase the number of students aspiring for entry into the premier institutions. The added significance this year is that the top 1.5 lakh rank-holders in JEE (Main) will qualify to appear for JEE (Advanced) for entry into Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT).

Tamil Nadu figures among the very few States from where the numbers of students aspiring for admission into the premier institutions have been surprisingly low over the years. For instance, of the 5.6 lakh candidates who appeared for IIT-JEE last year, there were only about 8,500 students from Tamil Nadu. The number of students from the State for AIEEE that attracted about 12 lakh candidates countrywide was only slightly more.

Be it for NITs or IITs, aspirants in the State have mostly been those completing higher secondary in CBSE schools. From this year onwards, top-notch performers across boards have a distinct advantage as the overall ranking will be based on 40 per cent weightage for the score in XII board results and 60 per cent for performance in JEE Main.

The organisers hope to succeed in impressing upon students of CBSE as well as State Board schools the enlarged scope for their entry into the premier institutions.