New Delhi, Aug. 19: The Indian Institutes of Technology are planning to relax norms for admission to BTech courses from next year in a move that could kick-start another round of reforms after dozens who cracked the final test failed to make it.
At least 79 students, who cleared the JEE Advanced, the second of the two-tier exam candidates have to pass to enter the elite tech schools, were denied admission as they didn’t figure among the top 20 percentile holders in their respective boards.
Sources said the IITs were planning to ease the eligibility criteria from top 20 percentile to top 20 percentile or 80 per cent marks in the Class XII board exam, whichever is lower.
The Joint Admission Board (JAB), a body of IIT directors, will meet here on Sunday to discuss the proposal as some directors and academics feel the existing criterion is too tough. If approved by the JAB, the proposal will be sent to the IIT Council for a final decision. The council is scheduled to meet on September 3.
The 79 students, who had gone through counselling this year, were denied seats on the ground that their Class XII score was less than the top 20 percentile cut-off for their respective boards.Their boards had earlier declared they were among the top 20 percentile holders. But the IITs said the state boards had followed a wrong formula.
The CBSE and 28 state boards had considered the total number of candidates who appeared for the Class XII exam to work out the cut-off. They divided the number of examinees below a candidate by the total number of candidates and then multiplied the result by 100 to calculate the percentile.
But the IITs followed a different procedure. They considered the number of students passing the board exam as the sample size. Hence the cut-off for the top 20 percentile worked out by the IITs was higher than that of the cut-off calculated by each board. The 79 students, who had cracked the JEE Advanced, have since moved court.
“Besides the confusion over the percentile formula, many academics feel the present eligibility cut-off of top 20 percentile is too high. Even students securing above 90 per cent marks in certain boards do not figure in the top 20 percentile. The JAB will consider a proposal to relax the norms,” a senior IIT functionary told The Telegraph.
From this year, the admission process in IITs and the National Institutes of Technology has gone through several changes. A two-tier entrance exam — Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and JEE Advanced — have been introduced in place of the AIEEE and the IIT-JEE, respectively.
All aspiring engineers had to clear the JEE Main. Only the top 1.5 lakh candidates from the JEE Main were allowed to sit for the JEE Advanced for entering the IITs.
The IITs also introduced the percentile criterion. The earlier eligibility criterion was 60 per cent board marks for general and OBC students and 55 per cent for Dalit and tribal candidates.