Students pay for JEE percentile calculation goof-up

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In yet another goof-up in the Joint Entrance Examination 2013, it has emerged that school boards and the IITs had calculated the top 20 percentile of students in different ways and this may have affected the admission prospects of a number of students.

Human Resource Development Minister Pallam Raju admitted Wednesday that the top 20 percentile as calculated by several school boards was different from the top 20 percentile calculated for the admission process by the 15 IITs.

JEE 2013 has two elements — the JEE Main for screening and JEE Advanced for the final IIT merit list.

In this format, 40 per cent weightage is given to Class 12 scores at the screening stage in JEE Main for determining admission to NITs, IIITs and other engineering institutes.

Students who clear JEE Main and are in the top 20 percentile in their respective boards were eligible to appear for JEE Advanced. Board marks have been 'normalised' across school boards to ensure a level playing field to students from all states.

While IITs have calculated the top 20 percentile of each board on the basis of the number of students who passed in that board this year, almost all school boards have calculated their top 20 percentile on the basis of the number of students who appeared for the board examination.

The HRD ministry, however, has concluded that the IITs cannot be blamed for this mismatch as they had clearly said in their admission notification that the top 20 percentile would be calculated against the number of successful students.

As many as 79 students have already been denied admission to IITs even after getting initial offers due to this mismatch in percentile calculation. In the case of Andhra Pradesh, Raju's home state from where most complaints against the new JEE format have come, the first cut-off was 89 per cent which had to be corrected to 91.8 per cent. This resulted in many students not getting admission.

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