HRD Ministry Looking to Discard Board Marks weightage for NIT Admissions

From next year onward, the admission process of National Institute of Technology popularly known as NIT’s might undergo a significant change. As per the information received, the admissions will be entirely offered on the basis of the JEE Main scores. The proposal to scrap the weightage given to marks obtained in board examinations was submitted by the government-appointed panel CSAB.

Devang Khakhar who is the member of the panel and the IIT Bombay Director was quoted saying, “We would be recommending scrapping of weightage given to board marks”. But the final decision on the same issues is expected to be available early next month when HRD Minister Smriti Irani would chair a meeting of the NIT council to take a call on the panel’s recommendations.

Devang Khakhar
IIT Bombay director Devang Khakhar will also be leading the panel for admissions row.

Earlier there was no JEE Main rather there were AIEEE and IIT JEE two separate exams. IIT JEE was given by those candidates who were pretty much sure that they will be able to make their way to any of the prestigious IIT while AIEEE was given by those who were hopeful to make their way to NIT, IIIT’s and CFTI’s.  And the admissions in the institutes were offered on the basis of the marks secured by the students in these All India based entrance Exams. What children used to do was they used to neglect the school classes, simply used to give their board exams and laid their full emphasis over the preparation of the Entrance Exams.

Under the aegis of Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Ministry of Human Resource Development from 2009 to 2012, came the scheme that 40 percent weightage is given to board marks and 60% to the JEE-Main score for admission to a NIT. Even it was recommended a two tier system should be adopted to conduct the exam: JEE Main and JEE Advanced so that the students should regularly attend their schools too.

The following factors are the main reason why such recommendations have been undertaken:

  • The state boards delayed in submitting the Board Marks to CBSE and thereafter the malfunctions in the scores of some students
  • Due to the above stated reason the first-ever joint seat allocation process commonly known as JoSAA got delayed by almost a week for admissions to IITs. This caused much anxiety among both – students and parents.
  • Failed attempt by the CBSE to publish JEE Main rank list for the counselling to be held on time

The panel along with the scrapping of the weightage system has also suggested that the students will be required to secure 60 percent marks or 70 percentile in Class 12 whichever is lower so that they do not neglect the schools. This will be set as the eligibility of a candidate to appear for the examinations that are being conducted so as to seek admission in renowned institutions across the nation.

As per the current policy for admission to NIT’s 40% weightage is given to board marks while 60% is for JEE Main score.

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