"Top 20 percentile rule will be applicable for those reappearing for the 2013 12th board exam (to improve their marks), if they use their 2013 exam results to apply for the JEE. Students who plan to use their 2012 results will be selected only on basis of the 60% eligibility rule. This will be a one-time exception," the website adds.
The joint admission board of the IITs had submitted this suggestion to the IIT council earlier. It was later approved by HRD minister Kapil Sibal. IIT Kanpur had made a similar suggestion in its senate meeting two months ago.
It has also been decided that for foreign students, the CBSE 20 percentile cut-off will be considered as the eligibility criteria.
"At times, the data from foreign board students will not be available on time. We wouldn't like to penalise the students because of this. In such cases, we will take the 20 percentile cut-off to decide their eligibility," says Dr GB Reddy, organising chairperson of JEE 2012.