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Pupils skip IIT-entry final test

New Delhi, May 9: Nearly 26,000 candidates who cleared this year’s JEE (Main), the first of the two-tier IIT entrance exam, have opted out of the final one, probably headed to other institutions that admit students based on scores in the preliminary test.

The number is nearly 17 per cent of the nearly 1.54 lakh candidates who cracked JEE (Main) and were last week declared eligible to sit for JEE-Advanced, the final test for 10,000 IIT seats in B.Tech courses.

“Despite success in JEE-Main, many candidates do not aspire to a seat in the IITs. They get admission in the National Institutes of Technology (NIT), the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) and state engineering institutions. They opt out of JEE-Advanced,” an IIT official said.

Eligible candidates were supposed to register by today for JEE-Advanced, being conducted under the supervision of IIT Kharagpur this year. Sources said around 1.28 lakh candidates had signed up for the May 25 test.

Last year, around 1.5 lakh candidates had cleared the JEE-Main while 1.26 lakh had appeared in the JEE-Advanced test, suggesting around 24,000 had opted out after the first stage — lower than this year’s 26,000.

The rush towards other institutes isn’t without reason. Together, the 30 NITs and the four IIITs have around 15,000 B.Tech seats, more than the IITs’ 10,000. Besides, there are 500 state engineering colleges where the JEE-Main qualifiers can seek admission.

The official said the candidates who had registered for JEE-Advanced would be issued admit cards by May 24. There would be no change in the question pattern this year. The results would be declared on June 19.

Before the results, the IIT authorities will upload the answer keys on the JEE-Advanced 2014 website from June 1.

The ORS (optical response sheet where the answers are marked) of all candidates will also be put on the site from June 1 to June 11, along with the machine-read responses and the marks scored. In case of any discrepancy, the candidates can request a review.

The IIT authorities will bring out a common merit list based on performance in JEE-Advanced.

Candidates who score at least 10 per cent in each subject and 35 per cent in aggregate will be considered for the common merit list.

There will be separate merit lists for categories like Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes (non-creamy layer).

OBC candidates have to score at least 9 per cent in each subject and 31.5 per cent in aggregate to find a place on the merit list.

Those from the SC and ST categories must score at least 5 per cent in each subject and 17.5 per cent in aggregate in order to be in their respective merit lists. The top candidates on the merit list will get priority for admission in the 16 IITs and ISM Dhanbad.