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Way2k 3 Oct 2012
New admission norms for IIT

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Union government have finally agreed to the new format of IIT entrance examination as suggested by the Joint Admission Board (JAB). The new format of exams will be implemented from 2013. Under the new format of entrance exams for IIT adopted on 27th June 2012, aspirants will first have to appear for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main. Only the top 1,50,000 students of JEE will then be eligible to take the JEE-Advanced exam. The top-ranked candidates who clear this exam will finally be eligible for around 9,000 seats at the IITs.

New admission norms for IIT

However, the final selection of candidates will be based on the JEE-Advanced scores, subject to condition that they are in the top 20 percentile in their board exams as well. So, even though class XII board marks won't be added to the JEE-Advanced marks, it would be an eligibility criterion. As of now, students scoring 60% in their board exams are eligible to apply to the IITs. According to R.K Shevgaonkar, director, IIT-Delhi, the aim of the new format is to make students perform well in their board exams without neglecting it and not get influenced by the coaching classes offering tutorials for IIT-JEE.

However, according to Sanjay Kumar from IIT-JEE coaching institute in Noida, the new format will only add more pressure on students. He says, "The whole idea of one nation, one exam has actually resulted in three separate exams for students. This means double pressure to first perform well in the board exams and then perform brilliantly again in two JEE exams." Kunal Purohit, an IIT aspirant, feels any student who is aiming for a seat in the top institute of the country needs to be intelligent. And any intelligent student won't have to struggle to be in the top 20 percentile.

"As far as the preparation of JEE is concerned, it will be similar to how students prepared for it earlier. The party who will be losing out, will be the coaching institutes that charge heavily for IIT coaching," he says. Vineet Joshi, chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on the new format of IIT entrance examination Students who aspire for a seat in IIT and prepare for it in advance generally perform well in their board exams. However, there are many students who aim for IIT and neglect their studies. These students don't perform well in board exams and find it hard to even clear the IIT entrance exams.

The new format will make such students pay attention to their classroom study, which will eventually help them understand concepts in details. These students will also be able to get a seat in other professional colleges with the help of a good score in board exams earlier, because board scores were not given any weighting, students paid little attention to classes and this led teachers to lose interest. The new move will help school teachers gain their respect back and help them upgrade themselves regularly. Although it's too early to comment whether the coaching institutes will shut down or not, the move will certainly have an impact

Courtesy: Times of India

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