The JNU Entrance Examination was advertised on September 9, 2017; prospectus was uploaded on the JNU web site on September 15, 2017 and the final date of application was October 17, 2017.
Significantly, more than 105, 000 candidates will sit for the examination in 131 fields of study.
The number of candidates has substantially increased compared to last year when the total number of candidates was 73, 725-this is an increase of about 170 per cent.
"Moreover, the number of intake for M. Phil/PhD seats this year is 720 and that is more than 80 per cent increase - compared to last year in spite of the fact that JNU has adopted the 2016 UGC Gazette Notification, 2016 on M. Phil/PhD admissions," said Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra in the statement.
The statement also said the recruitment of faculty in the university is happening in full swing.
Thus, Prof. Mahapatra also claimed that the number of M. Phil/PhD research seats will further increase in coming years as new faculty join the university.
The university has earmarked 81 examination centres in various cities and towns encompassing all the states and union territories of the country and another centre in Kathmandu.
The Admission branch of the university will depute more than 200 teaching and non-teaching staff to all the centres for smooth and fair conduct of the JNU Entrance Examinations. A flying squad will also be deployed to hold surprise checks in select centres to ensure fairness of the examinations.
The results of the JNU Entrance Examinations, 2018-19 will be announced in April 2018 and the registration of students will commence in July 2018.
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