Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) aspirants from the Capital who scored lower than expected in the Joint Engineering Examination (JEE) Main are feeling shortchanged because the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has not extended the registration deadline for the JEE advanced exam.
After a CBSE notification on Monday evening that effectively allowed students to review their scores by providing them answer keys, those seeking admission to National Institute of Technology (NIT) and other centrally-funded institutes heaved a sigh of relief.
However, it was too little too late for those low scorers who were aiming for Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)s since the last day to register for the second round JEE advanced exam was Monday.
The uproar over the scores came to the fore on May 7 when the JEE main results were announced and many students in the city were “shocked” with their scores, which were about 25-30 marks below expectations. However, the most affected were those students who missed out on the eligibility for JEE advanced exam by just a few marks.
“My son’s official score is 104, which is very close to the cut-off mark of 113 for general category. He was shocked to see his marks and is very depressed because based on expert solutions, he should get at least 124 which would make him eligible,” said Rajandrav Dayal from Noida, parent of an aspirant.
Some students have even missed out on the exam by one mark. Similar complaints were registered from a large number of students from across the country.
Monday’s notification does not mention anything about the extension of deadline for JEE Advanced registration.
CBSE spokesperson Rama Sharma declined to comment on the matter and CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi did not respond to calls or text messages.
The JEE Main exam replaced the All India Engineering Entrance Examination for admission to NITs, IIITs and other centrally-funded institutes this year. Also, for the first time, the entrance for admission to IITs is being conducted in two stages: JEE Main and JEE Advanced.