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IIT Council changes JEE Advanced eligibility criteria

Anubhuti Vishnoi   |     |   New Delhi, September 22, 2014 | UPDATED 23:26 IST

In a key decision, the IIT Council chaired by Union Human Resource Development minister Smriti Irani has agreed to change the IIT-JEE Advanced eligibility criteria- from the existing top 20 percentile to top 20 percentile or 75 per cent marks in the Class XII board exam, whichever is lower. That apart, minister Smriti Irani also announced at the Council meeting held in Chennai today that a committee will be set up to resolve the IIT-UGC row over nomenclature of degrees and four year courses at IITs.

Recommended by the IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) earlier this month, the changed JEE eligibility criteria will be a major relaxation for IIT aspirants from the CBSE board system and state boards which are seen as more generous with their marking system.

As of now only students who are among the top 20 percentile in their board examinations and have cleared the JEE Main examination are eligible to appear for JEE Advanced. However, the JAB this month recommended that alternatively students who may have scored 75 per cent marks in their Class XII exams should also be seen as eligible for JEE Advanced. This will apply where the last cut-off for top 20 percentile is more than 75 per cent marks.

Several students from Andhra Pradesh could not make it to IITs last year as while some had scored over 90 per cent they still could not be among the top 20 percentile- the issue even went to court. Reason being that some school boards are more generous in their marking system than others inadvertently putting their students at a disadvantage when it came to JEE Advanced that has started relying on percentile based screening mechanisms. CBSE also faced similar problems. The JAB is of the view that a relaxation is necessary to ensure that all candidates are at equal advantage when appearing for JEE Advanced.

On the UGC-IIT row, a two-member committee with Secretary Higher Education Ashok Thakur and UGC Chairman Prof Ved Prakash  will assess how to reconcile the degrees offered at IITs with the 5th July notification of the University Grants Commission (UGC) that listed out recognized academic courses and their duration.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had sparked off a controversy last month when it shot off a communication to the country’s 16 IITs asking them to ensure that the degrees they are offering are aligned to those recognized by them. Taking strong exception to the higher education regulator dictating degree specifics to them, the IITs had written to the Smriti Irani led HRD ministry complaining about what they viewed as interference in the IIT system. Incidentally, while the Standing Committee of the IIT Council (SCIC) met on 12th September recommending that the UGC’s July notification on recognized degrees be expanded to include IIT degrees, the HRD ministry has decided to set up another committee to look into the matter.

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  1. Dear Sir, class 12 percentile will be on the basis of pcm marks or all the five subjects? Pl reply as the study pattern will have to be different if other two subjects are not counted anywhere.  Kuldeep

  2. Hello….I gave my board exams in 2012 and didnot scored well so can i give improvement in 2013 and if yes then what will be my cutoff for board in 2013 exam it will be 78% or the 20 percentile which will be scored in 2013…???

    • In 2013, the top 20% percentile would be eligible for IIT merit list based on JEE-Advance. 78% is just a number if the new pattern been applied in 2012. Every year this 78% in CBSE could change.

  3. Instead of being in 20 percentile of respective board exam result there shpuld be simple eligibility of 60% marks in +2 exam of respective board.

  4. please tell am i give the iit-jee exam or not because i got only 58% marks in class 12 in 2011 by cbse

    • You arae NOT eligible since IIT exam can only be given the year you pass out 12th and the next year. In your case, you cannot appear for iit-jee.

  5. Raj Sir,
    What will happen to the students who will miss the date of main exams due to any critical reason/ emergencies/ social problems in city,states etc. ? He will not be eligible candidate for any of the engineering college for that year. Nither for Govt nor for privet colleges in his state or anywhere in India for the year.
    Is this true???? Or I may have wrongly interpreted the new pattern…pls do clarify the query.

  6. at present there are some minor percentage of students appearing in IIT JEE and some more percentage students are appearing in AEEE.  Now bringing the uniform exam they are making all the students appear for thie combined exam. Why do trouble the students like and they can select whateve exam they want to write. Or in a state like TN were no entarnce test for state engg colleges students are not troubled even wrinting for a single entrance.examination. By saying students are suffering writing number of entance examination they want to trouble all the student for the  Advacned exam.

  7. this change will be very effective for those who have already worked hard for one year for iitjee. i clearly not support this.

    • Yes, the rules are clear that the 2012 pass students can re-appear for 12th board in 2013 to improve their scores.

  8. I hope they will not put students studying in inernational schools pursuing Cambridge A levels and IB in a disadvantageous position by introducing 40% marks from std XII exams. 

    • As on date it is a tricky issue. FN/OCI/PIO can appear for IIT JEE as on date but can not apply in AIEEE. ISEET being a common exam after merging of the two exams, it is too early to comment. I suggest the concerned people in mass should write their grievances to minister@moia.nic.in

      • Tricky issue indeed ! I wonder why Ministry of Overseas Indians confirms on its website 'parity in education, finance etc.' for OCI. In practice there is hardly any parity whether in Education or Finance. Private institutes have a very high fee bracket for NRI/OCI/PIO and AIEEE and State Engineering Eligibility Boards do not allow NRI/OCI/PIO candidates. What kind of 'parity' is this ?