The Joint entrance Apex Board (JAB) which regulates the entrance procedure of the IITs, NITs, IIEST Shivpur and IIITs has announced that the 60/40 weightage formula for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) has been scrapped with effect from 2017.
According to the new rules, students will have to secure a minimum of 75% marks in Higher Secondary (HS) examination or rank among top 20 percentile students in their respective board as minimum criteria apart from securing rank in the entrance test. The IITs and ISM Dhanbad will follow the same criteria and a student would be offered a seat through counseling only after fulfilling this minimum standard as mentioned above.
As per the scrapped model, the minimum criteria were to pass in all subjects in higher secondary with at least 45% marks in each subject followed by a written exam. The weightage of JEE score was 60% and that of board exams was 40%. According to Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, a senior member of JAB, “circular has been issued to notify the qualifying rules.” The HRD ministry has given its nod to the new pattern.
As far as other institutes are concerned, according to an NIT director who is also the member JAB, “We will decide if the institutes like NITs, IIITs, GTIS and IIEST will admit students from IIT JEE (Advanced) or there will be another test”. The same official added that the JEE mains is unlikely to be scrapped as many state institutes use the rank obtained in it for entrance and a decision will be taken by the end of 2017. “We need a full proof mechanism that can happen through a single test”, another official of JAB added.
The new entrance procedure of the IITs comes at a time when its previous model was under attack from parents and teaching community alike over alleged discrepancy owing to high weightage on board results. Since the induction of ‘bow up syllabus’’ or ‘condensed syllabus’ in central board exams, the standard of marking scheme varied greatly in different states and sometimes a student of one state was placed at a disadvantaged position compared to other state and central board’s student to varying degrees of discrepancies in various boards and CBSE’s mode of examination.
With the inclusion of criteria which demands a rank in top 20 percentile in the respective board, this lacuna has been sought to be addressed by the JAB and counter the criticism which the earlier pattern had attracted.