Candidates hoping to get into the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will, in addition to clearing two written exams, have to get at least 78.2% in their CBSE Class 12 board exams.
The board announced the results and the cut-off percentage for being in the top 20 percentile on Monday, in keeping with the new system for admission into the IITs.
While the board exam score will not have any bearing on a student’s rank in the merit list, students will have to be in the top 20 percentile of candidates in their board in order to be admitted after cracking the Joint Entrance Exam (Main) and JEE-Advanced. This 78.2% cut-off for general category students is a shade higher than the 77.8% cut-off the board had circulated based on last year’s data.
That data was put out to give students a rough indication of where the top 20 percentile cut-off would lie.
This percentile will vary from board to board and year to year, as percentile is a parameter based on a student’s relative performance compared to others in that same board.
"This is on the higher side," said one coaching class professor. "We had expected the cut-off to be around 75%."
Based on data released last year by various state boards to help student prepare for the board exams, CBSE students are likely to have a tougher time. Going by 2012 data, the 20 percentile cut-off for the West Bengal board for instance, was 58%, while for the Uttar Pradesh board was 65%.
However, as Monday’s results suggested, the new system could throw up unexpected results, with candidates who had not cleared the JEE-Main finding themselves among the high scorers in the board exam.