Scoring 50% in the Meghalaya board exams will make you eligible for IIT-JEE 2013, but it could seem like a distant dream even if you score 86% in Andhra Pradesh.
Officials say this is because, from next year, the eligibility criterion is that one has to be in the top 20 percentile of his/her 12th board. However, there is a wide variation in the 20 percentile cut-off across the boards because of the difference in number of students, syllabus, question papers, and leniency in giving marks.Meanwhile, the Council of Boards of School Education has compiled and released this year’s data of 20 percentile to help students set their board target. "The graph will go up next year because children will be focusing on their boards," said an IIT professor.
The compiled data sets the highest percentage requirement for Andhra Pradesh, at 87.20, and lowest for Meghalaya, at 49.40. The figure will be lower for quota students.
The new pattern for the IIT-JEE examination, to be put into practice from next year, has made it essential for students to figure in the top 20 percentile bracket of the Class 12 boards. So, even if you figure in the list of top 500 students, but do not find a place in the top 20 percentile of your board, you don’t stand a chance.
All the students, irrespective of their board marks, will be allowed to appear for the main and advanced tests of the IIT-JEE. However, the final rank will depend on their performance in the advanced test, subject to the condition that they fall in the top 20 percentile of their boards.
Till 2012, the minimum marks for eligibility was 60%. However, students are at a loss with the scenario changing next year.