Aspirants stand divided on the Human Resource Development Ministry’s mandate to either score a minimum of 75% marks for general category and 65% for reserved category or remain in the top 20 percentile in Class 12 exams to qualify for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains 2017.
The second requirement means that an aspirant must score in between the topper’s score and twenty percent marks below that particular score. At present, ranks are decided based on normalisation of 60% weightage of the aspirant’s score in JEE Mains examination along with 40% weightage of the persons’ scores in Class 12 exams.
Students confident of their studies hailed the ministry’s decision to eliminate the system of 40% weightage of scores in Class 12 exams. They said the move has relieved students of the stress to score high in Class 12 marks, while others maintained that this rule will disqualify those who will fail to score the cut-off marks.
Director of Career Point, Shailendra Maheshwari said the changes will apparently favour meritorious aspirants as they can now prepare for JEE Mains without being getting into neckto-neck competition in Class 12 exams also. Aspirant Ankur Palad, 17, said examinees used to leave preparations for JEE Mains from December to March as they had to focus on Class 12 exams, resulting in dissatisfactory performance in JEE.
Another aspirant named Palak Sharma believes students will no longer hope to qualify JEE Mains with modest performances in higher secondary examinations.
Managing director, Resonance Institute, RK Verma said although the new system appears encouraging, the eligibility criteria of scoring 75% in Class 12 should have been relaxed to further reduce pressure on aspirants.