JEE Main, conducted by CBSE, is the first stage examination for admissions to the IITs (Indian Institute of Technology). In 2016, more than 12 lakh candidates appeared for this exam for admissions to 31 NITs, 18 IIITs and 18 GFTIs, which are the participating institutes of JEE Main. Students who secure Rank within Top 2 lakh in JEE Main are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced, which is the second stage of entrance test for admissions to IITs and ISM.
The application form of JEE Main is available from December, 2016 tentatively. The last date for filling the application form is till January, 2017. The JEE Main offline entrance exam will be conducted on first week of April (pen & paper based), and the computer based exam will commence on second week of April.