The Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) commenced on Monday. The examination is being conducted in 47 centres at 33 locations with three being set up outside the State.
The examination, which will continue till May 15, is being conducted in three shifts- 9am to 11am, 12.30pm to 2.30pm and 4pm o 6pm.
The examination is being held for admission to BPharma, MCA, MSc (Comp Sc), MBA, BCAT, MTech, MTech (Part-Time), March, MPlan, MPharm and lateral entry to BTech, BPharm courses in government and private colleges and universities in the State.
While the examination for lateral entry is being held on the first day, the examination for MCA and MTech will be held on the second day. Similarly, the examinations for MBA and BPharm will be held on May 11 and 12 respectively.
The entrance examination is being conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode for all the courses. A total of 55,979 candidates have applied to appear for the entrance test.
Before entering the examination hall, the candidates were asked to deposit their mobile phones at the entrance and remove all that they were wearing like earrings, chains, watches, bracelets and belts. They entered the examination hall only with admit cards, photos and Aadhaar cards.
Both candidates and their parents seemed to be excited. The candidates were excited because they are anxious to fulfill their dreams, while their parents for the bright future of their children.
"This is my first OJEE exam. I have come with my best preparation. But everything depends on the question papers,” said a candidate at a centre in Balasore.