IIT Admissions: Candidates clearing JEE-Advanced to be eligible

  • Candidates clearing JEE-Advanced to be eligible for admission irrespective of class 12 marks
  • Keeping in mind the pandemic, IITs have decided to do away with admission criterion of minimum 75% marks in class 12 this year, says HRD Ministry.

The Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) will admit undergraduate students based on their performance in Joint Entrance Exam-Advanced (JEE-Advanced) and will discount the class 12 board exam marks in the selection process, the human resource development ministry said Friday.

Earlier along with the performance in JEE-Advanced, IITs while shortlisting students used to demand either 75% mark in the board exams or a place in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards.

“For admissions to IITs, apart from qualifying the JEE (Advanced), the eligibility was to secure either minimum score of 75% marks in class XII Board exams or rank among the top 20 percentile in their qualifying examinations. Due to the partial cancellation of class XII exams by several Boards, Joint Admission Board (JAB) has decided to relax the eligibility criterion for JEE (Advanced), 2020 qualified candidates, this time,” HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said.

“Qualified candidates who have passed class XII examinations will now be eligible for admissions irrespective of marks obtained,” he added.

On 3 July, the union government and IITs had postponed the two-tier Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), and the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) to September due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. According to the revised schedule, the JEE (Main) exam will be held from 1 to 6 September, while the JEE (Advanced) exams will be held on 27 September. NEET is scheduled for 13 September.

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