Cut-offs for JEE-Adv shoot up as more students score higher
JEE main result 2019: Cut-off marks for the Joint Entrance Examination-Advanced (JEE-Adv) have increased substantially this year across all quotas.Updated: May 01, 2019, 18:24 IST
Cut-off marks for the Joint Entrance Examination-Advanced (JEE-Adv) have increased substantially this year across all quotas. Experts said this year’s cut-offs show students have scored better compared to results from past years. The results for JEE-Main were announced on Monday. The JEE-Adv is scheduled to take place on May 27.
A candidate’s score in the JEE -Main determines his or her eligibility for the JEE-Adv, a single-window entrance exam for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). On Monday, the IITs announced almost 14,000 more students would eligible for the JEE-Adv, in the hope that this will help bring down seat vacancy at the institutions. There are around 12,000 seats in 23 IITs.
According to the National Testing Agency (NTA), the category-wise cut-off marks for JEEAdv has increased in every quota category. While last year, a student in the general category had to score a minimum of 74 marks out of 360 in JEE-Mains to qualify for the JEE-Adv, this year they must score at least 89 marks. A student from the other backward classes (OBC-NCL) category had to score 45 last year. This year, the cut-off is 74 marks. From 2018’s minimum of 29 and 24 marks for scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST) categories, this year they are 54 and 44 marks respectively.
“Without any information on marks of students in the second phase of JEE-Mains, it is difficult to understand the leniency but it was evident that students who appeared in January had much easier papers and also managed to score better than in the last few years,” said Vinay Kumar, managing director and chief executive officer of the coaching institute, Rao Academy.
Some speculated that higher scores may indicate leniency on part of the authorities. “This was the first time that JEE-Mains was conducted in two phases and in a computer-based format, so it seems the examination authority wanted to be a little lenient towards the candidates,” said Pravin Tyagi, founder and director of Pace Junior Science Colleges.
On Monday night, the NTA announced marks and percentiles for students who appeared for the first phase of the JEE-Mains in January and examinees from the second phase were given their all-India ranks based on the combined score. No separate JEE-Mains Paper 2 scores were shared.
Eligible students can register for the JEE-Adv between May 3 and 9, 2019.