The first Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) got off to an “easy” start on Tuesday.

The online exam for admission to BE, B.Tech and B.Arch courses in National Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Information Technology, and other centrally-funded technical institutes will be held next on April 22, 23 and 25.

The exams commenced on Monday in 29 cities, including Colombo, Kathmandu and Singapore. The offline exams were conducted on April 7 in 81 cities, including Doha, Dubai, Riyadh and Muscat.

As many as 14 lakh students have registered for JEE 2013, conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which replaced the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) from this year.

In Bangalore, a section of students who attempted the exam at Don Bosco Institute Of Technology, Mysore Road, experienced some anxious moments when the power went off for 10 minutes. But otherwise, IIT seat aspirants termed the national entrance test an easy one.

‘Easier than AIEEE’

Sushmitha A. Murthy said that questions in the paper were “moderately easy”. “In fact, they were easier than the AIEEE question papers. But I used up the entire time allotted to complete the exam.”

Another student, Anirudh C.V. said he could not answer two questions due to lack of time. “I would have preferred the offline mode, but I managed to attempt it online pretty well,” said the student who is eyeing a seat in IIT, Madras, or BITS, Pilani.

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