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After the registration process for Joint Entrance Exam (JEE ) Advanced 2014 closed on May 9 at 5 pm, nearly 26,000 candidates who qualified to take the entrance scheduled on May 25 for entry to IITs have opted out of it, a daily reported.
According to an IIT official, the 17 per cent who chose to opt out of JEE (Advanced) are  aspiring a seat in the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) and state engineering institutions that will offer seats on the basis of JEE (Mains) merit list.
The scene was similar last year as well when  1.26 lakh of the 1.5 cleared who were eligible had appeared in the JEE-Advanced, suggesting around 24,000 had opted out after the first stage - lower than this year's 26,000
Together, the 30 NITs and the four IIITs offer around 15,000 B.Tech seats, more than the IITs' 10,000. Besides, there are 500 state engineering colleges where the JEE-Main qualifiers can seek admission.
The last date for receipt of registration fee is tomorrow i.e May 12, 2014. The candidates who had failed to upload their certificates or have uploaded wrong certificates while registration can re-upload and rectify them till May 31.
Admit cards for the entrance will be issued by May 24. There would be no change in the question pattern this year.
Before the results, the IIT authorities will upload the answer keys on the JEE-Advanced 2014 website from June 1. The results would be declared on June 19.
General category candidates who score at least 10 per cent in each subject and 35 per cent in aggregate will be eligible to find their name on the common merit list prepared by the IIT authorities.  The scoring criteria for being considered for the merit list is relaxed for reserved category candidates.
Those from the SC and ST categories must score at least 5 per cent in each subject and 17.5 per cent in aggregate and those from OBC category have to score at least 9 per cent in each subject and 31.5 per cent in aggregate to find a place on the merit list.

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