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JEE-Advanced extended merit list issued, 14,000 more students clear exam

The new list shows that as many as 31,980 candidates have cleared JEE-Advanced, compared to the June 10 list under which 18,138 students had qualified for admission to the elite engineering schools

education Updated: Jun 14, 2018 23:57 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Students come out after appearing for JEE Advance exam, in Noida.(Sunil Ghosh/HT File Photo)

Close to 14,000 more students have cleared the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced test, the gateway for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), with the Joint Admission Board (JAB) on Thursday releasing an extended merit list in line with the directions of the human resource development (HRD) ministry.

The new list shows that as many as 31,980 candidates have cleared JEE-Advanced, compared to the June 10 list under which 18,138 students had qualified for admission to the elite engineering schools.

According to a senior IIT director who didn’t want to be named, only the aggregate cut-off has been lowered and not subject-wise scores.

The cut-off, which was 35% for the general category, has been lowered to 25%. For scheduled caste and scheduled tribe candidates and persons with disabilities, it now stands at 12.5% and for other backward classes (OBCs) at 22.5%.The number of female candidates who have qualified stands at over 3,000, up from the previous 2000.

The move, officials said, may help more students from the reserved category getting a shot at admission as some students who were in the preparatory list (comprising students given extra classes to prepare them for the course) have now moved to the main list of SC/ST candidates.

“Merit has not been compromised at all as the position one had in the previous rank list, it is still the same. The integrity of the system has not been affected and at the same time, through this extended list, we have taken care of the apprehensions of seats going vacant,” said a second IIT director.

Earlier in the day, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted: “Responding to requests from students and IIT community to proactively ensure that all reservation seats are duly filled, I have directed @IIT Kanpur conducting JEE advanced to make available candidates, strictly as per merit, twice the number of seats in each category”.

For the first time, the HRD Ministry had issued directions to the JAB to release an extended merit list for admission this year. IIT-Kanpur, which is the organising institute for JEE-Advanced this year, was asked to release a merit list with the number of candidates twice the number of seats on offer in each discipline and each category (general and reserved categories).

The institute was asked to release the supplementary merit list before choice-filling for joint seat allocation for IITs and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) begins this week. Though a number of IIT directors had also expressed apprehensions over lowering the cut-off as it may dilute the brand value of IITs, a consensus was reached at a meeting held on Thursday after it was ensured that the earlier rankings would remain intact.

The number of candidates who qualified has always been at least twice the number of seats on offer. This year, however, the 18,138 students on the merit list are only 1.6 times the total number of seats, making it the smallest number of qualified candidates since 2012, sparking concerns of seats going vacant.

“It is the policy of government of India that all reservation category seats in all disciplines are filled and no vacant seats are left after counselling for admission in IITs,” said a letter issued by the HRD ministry.

Students who clear JEE Advanced are eligible for admission in any one of the 23 IITs in the country. The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) will announce the first seat allotment on June 27.

Of the 10,998 seats that were offered in the 23 IITs in 2017, the number of vacancies after seven rounds of counselling stood at 121, which was more than the 96 vacancies in 2016. In 2015, there were 50 vacant seats and in 2014, three.

First Published: Jun 14, 2018 22:50 IST