Only 61 percent turn up for Odisha JEE Exam

The Odisha JEE exam which was held on Monday saw only 48,600 students appear out of the total 79,788 students who enrolled. More than 31,000 candidates skipped the Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) 2020.

This year, around 14,390 candidates had enrolled for BTech. However, only 6,280 of those appeared for the test. In fact, the number of students who took the OJEE in MBA, MArch, MPlan, and BPharm was also very low.

While the COVID-19 pandemic is said to be responsible for the absence of a large number of candidates, thousands are also supposed to have skipped the examination as they could not get the centre of their choice. The officials of the OJEE committee are looking into the matter to understand if there could be other factors involved.

An increase of about 12,000 registrations was witnessed this year as compared to the last year. Notably, more than 65,242 students were allotted ranks for admission into various government and private institutes last year.

The OJEE committee officials are hopeful that a large chunk of the students who skipped the exams will be allowed to appear in one of their preferred centres on October 22.

Meanwhile, private engineering colleges in the state are facing a challenge as around 40 to 50 percent of seats have been left vacant in recent years.

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