Pune: The All India Joint Entrance Test (JET) for admissions to Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) Kolkata was conducted at 21 centres across the country on Wednesday.
This is the first time that such a joint entrance examination is being conducted for these two institutes under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.
A total of 5,293 candidates registered for the examination. The top five centres alone accounted for 3,258 aspirants, which are New Delhi with 1,177 candidates followed by Pune (821), Mumbai (680), Kolkata (347) and Thiruvananthapuram (233).
The top three specialisations in terms of the number of registered candidates are Acting (1,467), Direction and SPW (1,308) and Cinematography (839).
The entrance test was a combination of objective type questions and subjective answers. However, under the new system, candidates would mark ‘multiple choice questions’ (MCQ) on OMR sheets. The scorecard of JET in terms of marks secured and percentile will be uploaded on JET portal and websites of both institutes. Candidates shortlisted for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted individually by both the institutes.
“For the first time ever, in preparation for the JET, FTII successfully conducted Admission Seminars across the country. Thousands of aspiring candidates attended the 18 seminars conducted across 17 cities in a span of 10 days, using campus teachers and alumni as resource persons,” said Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII Pune.
Earlier this year, the JET was met with controversy regarding the exorbitant fees for the entrance test, which was Rs 8,000. The students accused the Institute of turning it into a hub for the elite alone, by increasing the fees of the entrance exams steeply. However, Kainthola explained the situation saying that the fees seemed high as it was a joint examination for entry into two institutes, and the students could choose for one of the courses and pay less if they wished.