Close to 14,000 students in Tamil Nadu and Kerala took the annual FIIT-JEE Talent Reward Exam, 2013, on Sunday.

The nationwide examination is for admission into FIITJEE, an institute that runs coaching centres aimed at helping students crack the joint entrance examination (JEE) conducted by Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

While M. Suparna, a class VI student who took the examination, said she wanted to crack the JEE, friends Gayathri S. and Mruthula R.M., class XI students, said they had been writing the examination since class IX, primarily to see how they fared in the ranking.

Kevin Samuel, a class VIII student at a matriculation school, said he appeared for the test simply for exposure. This year, the comprehension-based questions were a new addition, said Gayathri.

The Hindu Education Plus was the media partner for the examination.