Board top 20 percentile eligible, IITs to conduct JEE Advanced


Faced with stiff opposition from IITs, the IIT Council on Wednesday withdrew its controversial May 28 decision to hold a common entrance exam for all centrally funded technical institutes. The council instead approved a new compromise formula for admission that will come into effect in 2013 and use board exam marks strictly as cut-off, as demanded by IIT senates.

The May 28 announcement introduced a new common entrance exam format for admission to IITs, NITs, IIITs from 2013. This new exam was to have two components JEE Main (for screening) and JEE Advanced (for the final IIT merit list) with 50 per cent weight age to Class 12 scores at the screening stage. The proposal met with stiff opposition from IITs, with the senates of IIT-Delhi and Kanpur announcing a boycott.

According to Wednesday's announcement, first reported by The Indian Express on June 24, Class 12 marks will be used only as cut-off to screen students for eligibility for admission to IITs. Aspirants will have to be in the top 20 percentile of their boards to be eligible.

The IIT merit list will be decided by JEE Advanced, a test that will be conducted and managed by the IITs alone, and which will be held on a separate date from JEE Main. JEE Main or the common entrance exam, an objective test, will serve to screen the top 1.5 lakh students who will appear for JEE Advanced.

The new format will mean that a student will have to perform reasonably well in Class 12 to finally make it to an IIT. Going by 2012 board results data, a CBSE student would need at least 78 per cent to be in the top 20 percentile; one of the UP board 65-66 per cent; and one of the Tamil Nadu board around 78 per cent.

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