Pune, Maharashtra, India

IIT Council meeting chaired by the HRD Ministry, an authority on JEE Advanced examination, recently, on 23 September 2014 made basic criterion for admissions to IITs easier for the 12th board appearing students.

The earlier criterion required the student to be ranked in the top 1.5 lac students in JEE Mains and in the top 80 percentile of their respective boards like the state, CBSE or the ICSE. This being an undisclosed and moving target, the percentage marks one required to score would be changing from year to year to score 80 percentile. This put a lot of pressure on the students during their preparation and a few of the aspirants would usually miss either or both of the criterion.
With the latest announcement by the HRD ministry, it has now been simplified, and now the students are required to score 80 percentile or 75% for general category (70% for reserved) whichever is lower. This has resulted in benefit to some students and hence obviously disadvantageous to others.

This decision came into account after a few students from Andhra Pradesh could not qualify the IIT JEE entrance exams and they moved court. The reason being that several students had scored over 90 per cent they still could not be among the top 20 percentile. The root cause for this irregular pattern is that some school boards are more generous in their marking system than others inadvertently putting their students at a disadvantage when it came to JEE Advanced that has started relying on percentile based screening mechanisms. CBSE also faced similar problems.

The JAB is of the view that a relaxation is necessary to ensure that all candidates are at equal advantage when appearing for JEE Advanced. The IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) is of the view and recommended the same to all the boards that they should relax the marking system a bit for the students to be able to maintain uniformity.

Highlighting and appreciating this decision, Lalit Kumar, IIT Bombay, CMD Prime Tutorials Pvt. Ltd. says, “The student has a fixed target and hence the tension and pressure has enormously reduced with this announcement. Those who took a drop and are going to appear for JEE again are no more in any state of confusion.” He added that the ICSE students earlier required to score 85-87% to have a score of 80 percentile, now 75% is sufficient and hence it is a huge advantage to them. The CBSE earlier needed to score around 78% to have a score of 80 percentile and hence they have a marginal 3% benefit. State boards have not benefitted at all. Actually they need to score about 65-67% to have a score of 80 percentile. Hence they are disadvantaged by the virtue of the fact that others have benefitted.

Prime Academy, a Division of Prime Tutorials Private Limited, is a pool of experts, driven by IITians who have a vast experience. With a teaching experience of several years, they have developed the expertise and methodologies required to generate confidence among students to excel in competitive exams. They constantly update our method of teaching to keep students abreast with the changing exam pattern.

Prime Academy has been consecutively been producing toppers of IIT and JEE exams. In 2013 Kedar Joshi was 3rd in Pune with AIR 159 and this year at Prime Academy, Abhay Gaikwad stood 3rd in Pune with AIR 204. More than 60 students from Prime cracked the exam. As many as 1.27 lakh students from across the country had appeared for the JEE Advanced.

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Akhil Garg, Prime Academy Pune, aditya_garg80@yahoo.com

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