Class 12 board examination marks will not be taken into account for calculating ranks in the JEE Main, which is the gateway for admission into National Institutes of Technology (NITs) from the 2016-17 academic year, HRD ministry said on Thursday.
The JEE is a national common entrance examination conducted to provide admissions to several engineering courses, including the prestigious Indian Institutes of Engineering (IITs) and NITs.
According to the existing policy, 40% weightage is given to board exam marks in determining the ranks for JEE-Main score.
However, for the candidates to qualify in the JEE examination, they need to secure at least 75% marks or be in the top 20% percentile in the class 12 examination conducted by respective boards, a senior HRD official said.
For SC/ST students, this has been relaxed to 65% marks.
The weightage system was introduced in 2012 by then HRD minister Kapil Sibal in the belief that students would pay more attention to board exams instead of concentrating on the curriculum of coaching institutes. Following the delay in publishing of ranking lists, the Smriti Irani-led HRD ministry formed a panel to study the weightage system and submit its recommendations.
This is the second UPA introduced decision related to examination reforms scrapped by the NDA government. Earlier, the controversial percentile system that governed students’ eligibility for admissions into the IITs was changed in September last year.
The system required successful candidates to be among the top-20 percentile scorers in the Class 12 exams of their respective boards.