Despite being eligible and clearing the first stage exam for entry into the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), thousands of students will not be following through on the IIT dream and don’t plan to write the second stage exam on Sunday.
Of the 1.52 lakh candidates who cleared the JEE-Main and are eligible for JEE-Advanced, more than 25,000 have not registered and will not be appearing for the exam for various reasons. The last date for candidates who cleared JEE-Main to register for JEE-Advanced was May 13.
This is the first year that students have to clear a two-part exam for entry into the IITs.
“Many candidates filled the forms as Other Backward Class (OBC) candidates but they fall in categories that are on the OBC list in their own states and not in the central list, so they will not be eligible,” said HC Gupta, JEE-Advanced 2013 chairperson.
“The other reason is that this time, Gujarat has declared it will admit candidates only through the JEE-Main, without their own common entrance test. So students who are eligible but only interested in studying in a college in Gujarat have also not registered.”
Gupta estimated there were around 20,000 OBC candidates who hadn’t registered because of the confusion about the OBC eligibility.
General candidates had to get a score of 113 or more out of 360 to qualify for the Advanced exam, for OBCs the cut-off was 70, for scheduled castes, 50 and scheduled tribes, 45.
Once they clear the JEE-Advanced, candidates will be admitted to the IITs, provided they are within the first 20 percentile of students in their respective board.
The score will also be used to determine entry into the National Institutes of Technology and other centrally-funded engineering institutes.