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he Indian Institutes of Technology have eased the eligibility criteria for admissions, opening their doors to students who have scored at least 75% in class XII, even if they are not among the top 20% performers of their boards, provided they crack the entrance exam. This will be in addition to the top 20-percentile criterion, adopted two years ago at the behest of then HRD minister Kapil Sibal, the IIT Council decided in its meeting in Chennai on Monday.
In other words, an aspirant, who has cracked the entrance test, should either figure in the top 20% performers of the Class XII Board examination or score at least 75%, to be eligible for admission to IITs. In the case of SC/ST candidates, the cut-off will be 70% in board examination. The change, however, will not apply retrospectively.
The controversial ‘percentile system’ that decides students' eligibility for admissions into the IITs is set to change with the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the premier technical institutions recommending ‘top 20 percentile or 75% marks in the state board examinations, whichever is lower,’ for a seat in the IITs.
The recommendations came in a meeting of Standing Committee of IIT Council, a sub committee of the IIT council on Saturday, sources in the government said.
The final decision will be taken in the meeting of IIT council, later this month.
The top 20 percentile system introduced during the UPA regime and under former HRD minister Kapil Sibal in 2013, required successful candidates to be among the top-20 percentile scorers in Class 12 exams of their respective boards.
This rule had created a controversy as there was huge variation in the cut off marks of different boards and had resulted in 80 students mostly from Andhra Pradesh missing a seat in IITs despite qualifying the entrance examination, as they had failed to figure in the top 20 percentile.
The cut-off (to figure in top-20 percentile list) for Andhra students had shot up to 91.8 per cent, the highest in the country, Tamil Nadu, at 90.9% and Kerala 85.2%.
The modified rule, when accepted by the IIT council, will benefit students who score 75% marks in the board examination as they will qualify the eligibility criteria of the IIT irrespective of the variations in the percentile cut off.
The new system was introduced in 2013 to make students give more focus on their class 12 board examinations, which was widely ignored by IIT aspirants who, according to the earlier rule just had to score 60%.
The 20 percentile system, after it was introduced saw rise in cut off from 81.6% in 2013 to 83.2%. For Andhra Board this increased from 91.8% to 93.03%, for Karnataka board from 86% to 93%, for ISC from 83.2% to 85%, Tamil Nadu board from 90.9% to 91.7%.
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entrance exam to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has never
had so many candidates who cracked the gruelling exam on the first
attempt: 88% candidates qualified in the first shot this year.
Last year, 69.6% of aspirants qualified after taking the IIT-JEE
(advanced) for the first time. Another 27.2% had to take the test again
before they could walk past the gates of the IITs. This year, merely 12%
students qualified after taking the exam for the second time. Since the
last two years, the IITs have only allowed candidates two attempts.
"We are realizing that by restricting the number of attempts, the IITs
are getting students who are very well-trained. I am not sure if it is
putting more pressure on students, but students are a lot better
prepared," says an IIT director. Slicing the statistics further shows
that of the 9,795 students currently sitting in the first-year
classrooms across IITs, the count of those who cracked the JEE
(advanced) in the first attempt stands at 6,725 (68.65%). Data till
2007 shows about 10% of the total aspirants were taking the JEE for the
third time (or more). But with more students taking the test seriously,
JEE-2006 saw the share fall as 43.5% candidates qualified in their first
try, as compared to JEE-2005 in which only 28.49% got through the first
In fact, a dean from IIT-Madras believes these
statistics are a result of the changing profile of those who are making
it to the IITs. "Students who are now walking into the IITs are mostly
from cities and from middle-class households who can afford to pay for
tuitions," he says.
Most of those who qualified—20,636 or
76%—are from urban centres, 3,862 (14.22%) are from towns, and 2,654
(9.77%) are from villages. Again, making for a sharp economic divide on
campus, two large cohorts of students in the current batch in the IITs
are from the upper-middle classes and from the lower-income groups.
This year, 3,586 or 13.2% who qualified disclosed that the annual
family income is over Rs 8 lakh. Three years ago, data released by the
colleges revealed that about 9.3% of the qualified candidates had an
annual family income of over Rs 10 lakh.
Equally stunning is
the jump of students with family income of less than Rs 1 lakh: from
just 1.5% three years ago to 18.6% this time. But IITs are a melting pot
where differences vanish in class, said another IIT director. "What has
also happened is that the Sixth Pay Commission has had a bearing on
many government employees' salaries and, hence, we have many more
students in the higher pay bracket," explains an IIT-Madras dean.
Like last year, most students came from homes where parents were in
government service, followed by those from a business background. Yet,
most candidates who qualified declared that they did not attend a
coaching class to get a leg-up in their performance. Information
collected by the tech colleges reveals that close to half of those who
make their mark in the entrance test prepare for the exam on their own.
The IITs ask every student who takes the JEE whether he/she prepared
for the test "on his own or via other methods", and add that their
selection would be based on the marks they have scored, irrespective of
their preparation method.
Data provided by candidates shows
that about 53% students said they studied on their own. Their share has
altered over the years. Data analyzed by the JEE cell reveals that while
60% of the students who made it to the seven old IITs in 2007 opted for
some form of coaching, in 2008, this figure dropped to 45%.Source: TOI