Typically, OJEE is run after the JEE (Main) test has been completed. Although the JEE Main was held across the country between September 1st and 6th, the Department of Skills Development and Technical Education did not answer a call regarding the exam date.
“We cannot say anything at this time until the state government makes a final decision on the OJEE. We have not yet made a decision,” said Sanjay Kumar Singh, secretary of the department for competence development and technical training.
OJEE chairman SK Chand also clarified that they had not made a decision to hold the exam between September 9th and 15th. “It was a rumor. We will announce the schedule after the state government makes the final decision on the audit,” he added.
On August 13, the OJEE authorities decided to open three online exam centers outside Odisha for aspirants from other countries. These centers were Ranchi in Jharkhand, Patna in Bihar and Kolkata in West Bengal. No OJEE centers have opened outside of the state since 2014.
Taking into account the Covid-19 situation, the OJEE has also expanded the exam centers within the state. Six more online test centers have been added. These were Balangir, Paralakhemundi (Gajapati), Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Nayagarh and Phulbani (Kandhamal). Thus a total of 21 examination centers touched in Odisha.
Generally, students travel to large cities to take the OJEE exams. However, this year the OJEE authorities have decided to open exam centers in a few more locations to ease the burden on large centers and reduce candidate travel time.
OJEE is conducted each year to hold joint entrance exams for admission to professional undergraduate / postgraduate courses, including BTech, MTech, MBA, MCA, MPharm, and BPharm in the state.
The government will run a computer-based test (CBT) on all courses starting this year. In the past year, the OJEE CBT only carried out for all postgraduate courses (PG). This year both PG and Undergraduate (UG) courses for CBT are added.
Taking the situation into account, the government has also decided not to run a second OJEE test this year. However, there will be a special OJEE for entry into BTech courses. The aspirants who did not attend the JEE (Main) can take the exam.