While the overall pattern of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for admission to IITs may remain the same next year, the government could consider relaxing the eligibility criteria.
But any relaxation can happen only if it is approved by the Joint Admission Board (JAB), a body for deciding admission to IITs, which meets on August 25. The directors of different IITs will review the percentile system for admission this year, which will finally be ratified at the IIT council meeting scheduled for September 3.
The government had made the IIT entrance exam a two-phased one this year – JEE (main) and JEE (advanced). The eligibility criterion was changed from 60% in the board exams to being in the top 20 percentile of his/her board. Only the top 1.5 lakh students of JEE (main) were allowed to appear for JEE (advanced) exam — which was the gateway for selection to IITs.
The top 20 percentile cut offs has varied largely across different boards with some like Andhra board and Tamil Nadu boards having high cut offs of 91.85% and 90.9%, respectively.
Considering the problems that had surfaced with the percentile system this year, a suggestion has been made that all boards whose 20 percentile cut offs are higher than 80 percent should have a common cut off of 80%. The proposal may be disapproved as it doesn’t take into account different categories like SC/ST and OBC. The JAB may also consider increasing the number of students for JEE(advanced) from 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh.