IIT Bombay on Wednesday approved, in principle, the 20 percentile formula for the IIT JEE 2013 which was announced by the IIT Council on June 27.
After wide-ranging discussions on different aspects, the senate, however, made a recommendation that the number of students selected 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 50,000 students should be filtered for the advanced exam.
"There was a lot of debate on why 1.5 lakh students be screened for the advanced exam. Now that NITs are not part of the advanced exam, we suggested that the number should be less, essentially five times the number of seats, which comes around 50,000," said Prof Narasimhan, president of All India IIT Faculty Federation.
Faced with protest from the faculty on the proposal in which weightage was given to board exam marks, the Joint Admission Board of IIT had proposed a compromise formula in which only the top 20 percentile of board candidates could be eligible for IIT exam next year. The proposal was later accepted by the council.
But the proposal had to be approved by the senates of older IITs too. IIT Madras was the first to accept the new pattern. IIT Kanpur is meeting on July 28 to discuss it.
The new pattern will have two segments — JEE(main) and JEE (advanced). The JEE (main) will be a screening exam and will filter the top 1.5 lakh candidates for the JEE (advanced). The JEE (advanced), which will be conducted by the IITs, will be held four-five weeks after the JEE(main).