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IITs defer decision on lowering cut-offs

New Delhi: The Indian Institutes of Technology on Wednesday deferred a decision on lowering the cut-off in the Joint Entrance Examination-Advanced amid concerns over the possibility that some BTech seats might remain vacant because of the smaller pool of qualified candidates.

The Joint Admission Board, made up of JEE-Advanced chairman Prof. Shalabh, professors in charge of the JEE-Advanced from each IIT and directors of some IITs, met here and decided against lowering the cut-off immediately.

The cut-off is 35 per cent for general students, 31.5 per cent for OBCs and 17.5 per cent for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

The IITs had last Sunday declared the result of the JEE-Advanced, the second of the two-tier test that candidates who have cleared the JEE-Main need to crack to enter the premier tech schools. Nearly 18,000 candidates have been declared qualified and awarded ranks.

A total of 11,279 seats are on offer this year in the IITs, which means an increase of 291 seats from 2017. Besides, 800 supernumerary seats have been created exclusively for girls to improve the gender balance in the IITs.

"There were some concerns. But there is no data to suggest seats may remain vacant. Last year, the last rank of the student admitted was around 14,000. The decision was not to lower the cut-off. If any such situation arises, there will be one more meeting," Aditya Mittal, a JEE in-charge from IIT Delhi, said. "But the IITs will not compromise with merit."

The pool of meritorious candidates is the lowest ever since the JEE-Advanced was started as a second test after the JEE-Main in 2013.

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