The government may challenge an order of the Andhra Pradesh high court, which scrapped the minority sub-quota on Monday, and obtain an interim stay. The development, however, is likely to jeopardise the chances of 335 students who qualified under the sub-quota in this year’s Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE).
This year, the IITs had allowed a 4.5% sub-quota within the 27% seats reserved for other backward classes (OBC) — the non-creamy layer-OBC. Though as many as 445 seats were reserved for this category, only around 335 students qualified.
“We will wait for the human resource development ministry’s order in this regard,” said Dr GB Reddy, organising chairperson for 2012 IIT-JEE.
Sources, however, maintained that if the government does not acquire an interim stay, the sub-quota seats will have to be merged with the OBC category. This can have a ‘serious affect’ on those who have a lower rank in the reserved quota.
“Those who achieved a rank below 2,000 in the OBC category may face problems,” a source said. As many as 2,613 seats are reserved for OBCs, including 445 for minorities.
Nearly 5 lakh candidates had appeared for the IIT-JEE this year. The results were announced on May 18. Counselling is open till June 10.