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JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria to be changed by IITs for IIT JEE 2015

Giving a much awaited respite to deserving candidates for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), the IIT Council, chaired by Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, has decided to make yet another students friendly change in the IIT-JEE Advanced eligibility criteria.

As per the latest decision taken at the 48th IIT Council meet in Chennai on Monday, students who score 75% marks in Class XII, will be eligible for admission counselling in the IITs, even if they fail to make a room for themselves in the top 20% performers of their 12th board exams.

In simple terms, students (from General, OBC and Non Creamy Layer category) who pass in the entrance test, are required to either figure in the top 20% performers of the Class XII Board examination or score at least 75%, to be eligible for admission to IITs. For students belonging to SC/ST category, the benchmark of cut-off has been kept at 70% in the Class XII board examination.

Earlier this month, The IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) recommended the change in the JEE eligibility criteria, which is going to be more friendly to IIT aspirants hailing from the CBSE Board and State Boards. Currently, students who have got through the JEE Main examination and who are among the top 20 percentile in their Class XII board examinations, are considered eligible to appear for JEE Advanced.

JAB’s latest recommendation has been brought into effect by the IIT Council to ensure that all candidates are treated equally when appearing for JEE Advanced.

Setting up an India-specific ranking system for higher education institutions was another major decision taken by the MHRD at the Council meet in Chennai. Recently, a report was compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), wherein not even a single Indian institute was placed in the top 200 universities in the world.

Please note – The news has been published based on tentative discussions. The modified rule, when accepted by the IIT council, will benefit students who score 75 per cent marks in the board examination as they will qualify the eligibility criteria of the IIT irrespective of the variations in the percentile cut off. The finalized eligibility criteria will be published by the end of September. Candidates must read the information bulletin carefully before applying.

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