IIT-Bombay on Wednesday formally approved in principle, with just one recommendation, the 20 percentile formula for the IIT-JEE 2013 that had been announced by the IIT Council last month.
The senate of IIT-Bombay met on Wednesday to take an overall view of the new formula that the IIT Council had approved on June 27.
After wide ranging discussions on different aspects, the senate made only one recommendation that number of students filtered for the advanced exam should be around five times the number of IIT seats. The Council had proposed that 1.5 lakh students be screened for the advanced exam. The IIT-Bombay senate suggested that around 50000 students should be filtered for the JEE advanced exam.
“There was a lot of debate on why there should be 1.5 lakh students for the advanced exam. Now that NITs are not part of the advanced exam, we all suggested that the number should be less, essentially five times the number of seats, which comes to around 50000,” said Prof Narasimhan, All India IIT Faculty Federation President.
After a lot of protest from the faculty on the older proposal in which weightage was given to school boards, the Joint Admission Board of IIT had proposed a compromise formula in which only the top 20 percentile candidates in boards could be eligible for IIT exam next year. This recommendation was later accepted by the IIT Council.
But even after being accepted by the Council, this had to be also approved by the senates of the traditional IITs. While IIT-Madras was the first to meet and accept the new pattern, after IIT-Bombay, IIT-Kanpur is meeting on July 28 to discuss it. IIT-Kanpur senate had earlier protested vociferously against the first proposal that was mooted by the government in which a weightage was given to the school boards. They had also decided to have a separate exam next year. IIT-Delhi later joined the rebel league and decided to have its separate exam next year.
The new pattern will be two tier—JEE(main) and JEE(advanced). The JEE(main) will be a screening exam and will filter out the top 1.5 lakh candidates for the JEE(advanced). The JEE(advanced) exam, which will be conducted by IITs will be held 4-5 weeks after the JEE(main).
The final ranking in the JEE will depend on the All India Rank in JEE(advanced) subject to the condition that such candidates are in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards.