Eighty students have been denied admission to IITs after eligibility criteria for students was revised to their mandatory inclusion in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards. Till last year the minimum eligibility was pegged at 60% marks in board exams.
The maximum number of rejections are from IIT Madras (35) followed by IIT Kharagpur (17). Sources said admission denials could have been higher considering that nearly 40,000 students did not appear in the exam even after qualifying. “They may have decided not to appear because they were not in 20 percentile bracket.”
Several students of the Andhra Pradesh board, who were denied admission under the new criteria, have decided to fight it out in the high court.
The AP high court had on Monday directed the IIT authorities not to fill four seats which were offered to Andhra students and then withdrawn. The court then gave a directive for reserving seats for 9 more students.
The students contended that the top 20 percentile cut offs on their board website at 476 marks was lower than that on the JEE website, which mentioned a cut-off of 487 marks.
“The different cut-off figure is because the boards have uploaded the top 20 percentile cut-offs for those who appeared in the exam... We have clearly mentioned that for eligibility one has to be in top 20 percentile of the successful candidates,” says Prof HC Gupta, organising chairperson, JEE (advanced).