Students with 75% in board exams are now eligible for IITs

 Hindustan Times (Mumbai)

Students with 75% in board exams are now eligible for IITs


From page 01 MUMBAI: Students aspiring to get admission in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) now need to score a minimum of 75% in their board examinations, to be considered eligible for admission. The IIT council, in its meeting on Monday, passed the recommendation made by the joint admission board to ease eligibility norms last week, and has decided to consider the aggregate marks secured in Class 12 board examinations for admission, in addition to the top 20 percentile condition.

“75% is a good enough score to be considered as a cut-off for eligibility. This will end confusion over the percentile system. However, this is an additional criteria and it does not mean there won’t be a top percentile system,” said Devang Khakkar, director, IIT Bombay. Currently, only those students who are in the top-20 percentile in their Class 12 board exams are admitted to the 16 IITs across the country.

According to the new criteria, an aspiring OBC and general category candidate should have secured 75%, while those from SC, ST, and disabled sections should have secured 70% in Class 12 board exams, to be eligible for A framework for a new ranking system for Indian institutions of higher learning is also on the cards. The details are being worked out by IIT Kanpur and IIT Chennai. The system will cover the IITs and the central universities, and would later be extended to UGC-funded institutions for rankings by 2015. admission, in addition to clearing the JEE advanced.

Gautam Biswas, director, IIT Guwahati, said that the decision will be beneficial to those students who could not make it the IITs, in spite of scoring well in the entrance exams.

The change in criteria has received mixed responses from students and academicians. IIT-B student Pritish Gupta said, “Though considering scores of Class 12 exams is important, the new criteria will benefit CBSE board students and other state boards where higher number of students will score more than 75%.” G T Thampi, principal, Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Bandra, said, “Through this proposal, there is no equal weightage to Class 12 exams and entrance tests and it will facilitate the interests of coaching classes.”