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IITs to consider making 75% in Class XII as their entry cut-off

Education NewsMumbai: Students scoring above 75% in their Class XII exams will be eligible for a seat in the IIT after clearing the JEE (Advanced) if such a proposal is accepted by the IIT Council in a meeting to be held on Monday. The Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) responsible for conducting the JEE (Advanced) has recommended relaxing the eligibility criteria involving a student’s Class XII score.

On the recommendation made by the JIC, the Joint Admission Board of the IITs has proposed the relaxation. For the last two years students clearing the JEE (Advanced) also have to be in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards. Several students from the Andhra Pradesh board could not make it to the top 20 percentile despite scoring 90% and above as theirs is one of the school boards that follows a liberal evaluation system.

The IITs now want the centre to allow students with 75% and above in boards where the cut-off for top 20 percentile is more than 75%.The CBSE and ISC boards also had higher cut-offs for the top 20 percentile students. In the March exam, CBSE had a cut-off of 83.2% and ISC, 85%. Only students with a score above these percentages were eligible for a seat in the IITs after clearing the JEE (Advanced).In the state board Class XII examinations, students who had appeared for six subjects had a cut-off of over 76% this year.

Professor Devang Khakhar, director, IIT-B, which will be organizing the JEE (Advanced) 2015, said the proposal came about out of concern for students who were left out of the system despite good JEE (Advanced) scores.”We are proposing that additionally students scoring 75% and above also should be eligible for a seat in IIT,” Khakhar said. “But the proposal is yet to be accepted in the council. We are concerned about students “A JIC official said the final decision would be taken in Monday’s council meeting.

Source: The Times of India

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