The IIT-JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) will undergo major changes from next year with the aim of reducing stress on engineering college aspirants, HRD minister Kapil Sibal announced on Monday.
HT had on May 25 reported that the IIT-JEE format would be changed from next year.
First, instead of one exam for admission to the 15 IITs across the country, there will be two exams — JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced. The main exam will be a filtering process in which 50% weightage will be given to performance in the class 12 boards.
The main exam will prune to around 50,000 the number of candidates whose advanced exam answersheets will be evaluated. This year, around 5 lakh aspirants took IIT-JEE.
Admission to the IITs will be determined by a candidate's performance in the advanced exam.
Moreover, the main and advanced exams will also determine admission to the various National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and centrally funded engineering colleges across India.
There will be no separate exam for admission to non-IIT institutes from next year.
For NITs and other institutions 40% weightage will be given to performance in the class 12 board exam, 30% to performance in JEE-Main and 30% to JEE-Advanced.
Three education departments of Gujarat, Haryana and Maharashtra have already expressed their willingness to conduct this exam for admission to technical institutes run by their respective governments.
"We are hopeful that many other state boards will come forward to adopt this. However, they will have flexibility in altering the weightage and other compositions," Sibal said.