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A total of 797,738 participants competed for public university seats in the State Higher Education Entrance Joint Selection (SBMPTN) 2017 on Tuesday (16/5). The written exams were conducted simultaneously in 42 local committees (panlok), consisting of 85 PTNs throughout Indonesia.
Over seven thousand participants SBMPTN 2017 will vie for 128,085 seats in 85 state universities. The implementation of SBMPTN 2017 is symbolically marked by the submission of Exam Question Manuscripts to the Chairman of the SNMPTN-SBMPTN Central Committee 2017 Ravik Karsidi, at Tadulako University, Palu, Central Sulawesi on Tuesday (16/5) at 06.30 WITA (Central Indonesia Time Zone).
Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Mohamad Nasir conveyed the results of monitoring reports of location committees (panlok) in various regions in Indonesia SBMPTN 2017 exam implementation went smoothly. It also did not find any exam report on constraints over the computer-based test (CBT), which uses information technology infrastructure support. Related to empty participant seats, Nasir revealed that it was caused by two factors: the participants had been accepted in SNMPTN and the participants have registered but the choice was not in accordance with what was desired so they applied in other fields/subjects.
For panlok statistics with the largest number of registrants, Nasir said, Jakarta ranks first with 68,764 registrants, followed by Medan with 60,144 registrants, Surabaya 55.294 registrants, and Bandung 51,961 registrants. Makasar, Bogor, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Padang, and Malang are in the next sequence. This distribution of participants shows that participants of SBMPTN 2017 are no longer concentrated in Java Island.