Andhra students not at disadvantage in new JEE format, assures IIT Board

Addressing concerns regarding the applicability of the new Joint Entrance Examination format in Andhra Pradesh where intermediate course is of two years and percentage of marks secured by a student is the aggregate of those secured in both the years, the IIT Joint Admission Board on Monday assured the state's students will not be disadvantaged on this count vis-a-vis those from other boards.

The HRD Ministry Monday said that Andhra Pradesh Board will provide separately the marks of class XII for calculation of top 20 percentile to ensure parity for the state's students. For other Boards, which compute class XII results using marks secured in class XI and XII, the top 20 percentile calculation will be based on marks of class XII, provided the Board makes this information available to JAB/COBSE, the IIT Joint Admission Board has resolved.

The move comes after JEE 2013 entrance test was challenged in the Andhra Pradesh HC vide writ petition No 32533 of 2012. The petitioners sought suspension of notification of JEE 2013 to the extent of regulation of admission into IITs for 2013-14 on the basis of the norm of "being within the 20 percentile of successful candidates in class XII/ equivalent examination conducted by respective Boards" in the interest of justice. In his judgment, Justice L Narasimha Reddy said "this court is not inclined to agree with the contention that percentile system is unconstitutional".

However, the court directed respondents to examine the disadvantage which the petitioners may have suffered vis-a-vis their un-preparedness in the present system when they were studying in the first year of intermediate and to clarify the same through a press statement.

The JAB has resolved that as far as students appearing for "Andhra Pradesh class XII examination in 2013 are concerned, their results will be compared only with that of other students who give their examination in 2013. The performance of students of 2012 and the fact that they will be governed by the 60 per cent rule will have no bearing on the percentile rank of 2013 students. All students in this batch have given their class XI examination without knowing the new rule and so no one is at any advantage or disadvantage".

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