A recent meeting held on 23rd September brought a major change in the IIT admission criteria that would surely make life easier for class 12th students. The meeting of the IIT council was chaired by the HRD Ministry.
Before this change in the criteria, the students needed to be in the top 20 percentile of their respective class 12th boards apart from securing a rank among the top 1.5 lakh students in the Mains examination of JEE. Since the criteria included 'percentile' and not percentage, the cut off marks were fluctuating every year. This had put additional pressure on the students as they didn't know how many marks would make them secure.
Taking the students' issues into consideration, the new rule now requires the students to score either 75% marks or 80 percentile, whichever is lower. For the reserved category students, the minimum marks required would be 70%.
This major change in the criteria was triggered when some students from Andhra Pradesh failed to qualify the IIT JEE exam and moved to the court. Their argument was that despite scoring more than 90% marks, they couldn't find a place in the top 20% percentile of their respective boards. Since the marking pattern of schools varies majorly across different boards, this puts certain students in a disadvantageous position.
According to the JAB (Joint Admission Board), the students must be given an even ground to play, and thus this relaxation is essential. It has recommended to all the boards to relax their marking scheme so that the students are at an equal footing.
According to Lalit Kumar, who runs CMD Prime Tutorials Pvt Ltd., "The student has a fixed target and hence the tension and pressure has enormously reduced with this announcement. Those who took a drop and are going to appear for JEE again are no more in any state of confusion." He also pointed that this change in rule would be extremely advantageous to the ICSE students who would now have to score just 75%, as compared to the 85%-88% marks they had to score earlier to find a place in the top 20 percentile. On the other hand, it would benefit the CBSE students very slightly. Notably, the students from the state boards aren't expected to benefit from this change. But since their counterparts in the CBSE and ICSE boards have gained from this rule, it automatically hurts the chances of the students from the State boards.
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