The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the results of the Joint Entrance Examination, Main (JEE Main) on Monday even though several students could not access their results as the website crashed several times.
JEE Main is the first leg for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology, for which another entrance test, JEE Advanced will be held on May 24. The cut-off score for eligibility for JEE (Advanced) for admission to IITs is 105 out of 360 this year for students in general category, down from last year's 115. The cut-off in OBC category is 70 and for SC and ST it is 50 and 44 respectively.
The cut-off scores have been decided after taking into consideration that 1,50,000 students will be allowed to appear for the JEE Advance test, the second and final part of the selection process. Around 13 lakh students appeared for JEE Main. Last year 9,784 seats across IITs were available for admissions. The number of seats has not been announced but is expected to go up marginally.
With a score of 335, out of 360, Mumbai's Tanuj Kaza emerged as one the top scorers in the state, followed by Rishabh Shah with a score of 332. Both are students of Pace junior college in Andheri.
"I just trusted what my teachers told me and followed their advice. This high score is very exciting but I want to focus on the JEE Advanced now, “said Kaza.
Rishabh Shah, who scored 332, said that his dream is to get admission in IIT Bombay. "I put in 6 to 7 hours of study each day and have set my sight on IIT Bombay.
This is just the first step, “he said.
The highest score across the country is yet to be known as the CBSE has not released any information. The officials however denied that the official website crashed after the results were announced.
"There was no crash but just an issue of server overload. It was fixed within minutes and the website is running fine, “said the CBSE spokesperson, Rama Sharma.
Students however said that they continued to have problems with the website several hours after the result was announced.
"I kept refreshing the page every minute but I just could not access my score. I sent out e-mails to the CBSE to complain about it but to no avail. Finally after three hours I managed to enter my details and got the score,” said a student from Goregaon.