New Delhi, July 3: About 8,000 students seeking seats at the Indian Institutes of Technology and the National Institutes of Technology are in danger of losing the opportunity because of their school boards' tardiness.
These candidates, who include 100 from Bengal, are yet to get their ranks in the JEE Main, conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, because their school boards haven't sent their Class XII scores to the CBSE.
The all-India ranks of the remaining 13 lakh candidates were announced on June 30, and registration for common counselling for IIT and NIT seats began on July 1.
"Unless I get my JEE Main rank, I can't participate in counselling. I'm worried whether I'll get my rank in time," a student from Hyderabad said, echoing the fears of thousands, including 1,200 from Telangana alone.
The all-India rank is generated by giving 60 per cent weightage to a candidate's JEE Main score and 40 per cent to his Class XII board marks after normalising the scores across boards. School boards, therefore, need to provide the scores of all their Class XII science students to the CBSE.
But in an unprecedented lapse, some 20-odd boards sent incomplete data this year, leaving out the scores of hundreds of students. So, the CBSE had to omit from its rankings, at least for now, those among these students who took the JEE Main.
CBSE chairperson Satbir Bedi told The Telegraph that her board had written to each of these 20-odd school boards "several times between June 20 and 25" and some had rectified their lapse. But 12 boards, including Bengal's, are yet to do so.
Bedi said the ranks of the excluded students could be published in two to three days after their school boards send the data. Such additions will, however, necessitate modifications to the announced ranks.
Once the first round of counselling ends, the students still denied rankings would lose their chance.
NIT seats are filled solely on the basis of JEE Main rankings. These rankings, however, play no role in IIT admissions, although the school boards' lapse will hurt IIT hopefuls too.
IIT seats are awarded on the basis of candidates' scores in the JEE Advanced, conducted by the IITs themselves after the JEE Main, and an interview. However, students need to have scored at least 75 per cent in their board exams to be eligible - and this cannot be determined if their board scores haven't reached the IITs via the CBSE.
A candidate's JEE Main scores - as opposed to his JEE Main rankings which give weightage to board scores too - decides his eligibility to take the JEE Advanced, which was held recently after the JEE Main scores were announced about a month ago.
Among the defaulting boards are those from Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Goa.
Telangana principal secretary Ranjiv R. Acharya has written to the Union human resource development ministry claiming that all the data had been provided to the CBSE.
For the first time, the IITs and the NITs are holding common counselling, which means a candidate can get an offer from only one set of institutes and cannot block seats in both.