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The Joint Entrance Examination Apex Board (JAB) has given nod to 31 National Institutes of Technology (NIT), Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST)-Shibpur, IIITs and government technology institutes to scrap the existing 60/40 weightage formula for admissions.
Candidates vying for seats will have to secure atleast 75% marks in the higher secondary (HS) examination or rank among the top 20 percentile in their respective board exams. This will be the minimum qualification criterion, besides the rank secured in entrance test.
IITs and ISM-Dhanbad follow the same criteria for admissions: only after meeting the cutoffs does a student get a seat through counselling based on their IIT-JEE (Advanced) rank. “At the moment, the minimum criteria is to pass in all subjects in HS and secure 45% in the aggregate. Sixty per cent weightage is on the JEE-Main rank and 40% on board exam results. This will be no longer valid from the 2017 examination,“ a senior JAB member said.
Director of IIT-Kharagpur, Partha Pratim Chakraborty, confirmed that a circular has been issued whereby the new qualifying rules have been notified.
“The ministry of human resource development has also given the nod for the JAB proposal. If the student fails to meet the desired cutoff in the HS exam, then his her rank in the entrance test will be nullified,“ the director of an NIT said.
Sources said all the institutes are also likely to admit candidates based on the same entrance exam as IITs (JEE Advanced). “Currently , it is unlikely that JEE-Main will be scrapped because several technology colleges and institutes run by the state take in students based on their rank in JEE-Main. By the end of 2017, a decision will be taken,“ the JAB member added. The JAB is likely to take a call soon on holding the single entrance test.
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