New Delhi, November 07: The exam conducting body of JEE Main, National Testing Agency (NTA), has clarified that no other states have approached it for providing question papers in other Indian languages when just one day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee raised concern on why the national engineering entrance exam is being held for only Gujarati language apart from English and Hindi.
Exam held in Gujarati language since 2013
NTA is in its second year of functioning. It has made clear that the exam is being conducted in Gujarati language as per the request of the state government since 2013.
“None of the other states have approached NTA to provide the JEE Main question paper in any other Indian national language,” reads the notice released by the NTA.
JEE main was envisaged in 2013. The exam is being held all across the country and states were asked to admit their students through it. Gujarat agreed for the national level engineering entrance exam for the admission process of all its technical institutions. Next year, Maharashtra also followed and requested to provide the question paper in the language of Marathi and Urdu, which was implemented until 2016.
NTA said that consent for considering JEE main a sole criterion for engineering admissions was withdrawn by both the states in 2016. Though, Gujarat Government requested to carry on with the translation of the JEE (Main) question paper in the Gujarati language.
“Therefore, the translation in Marathi and Urdu language was stopped. However, the translation of the JEE (Main) question paper in the Gujarati language continued on the request of Gujarat State,” the official notice also reads.
About JEE Main
NTA conducts JEE Main for admissions to various B.Tech/B.E. programmes offered by 31 National Institutes of Technology (NITs), 25 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and 28 Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs). It is held for 2 papers where Paper-I is for B.Tech admissions and Paper-II for B.Arch and B.Plan admissions. Candidates can appear twice for JEE Main-January and April. As per the regulations laid by the authorities, the better of the two scores is used for ranking.