35% cut-off for PSUs to recruit entry to IITs on GATE score
Candidates aspiring to crack
JEE 2012 will have to score at least 10% marks in each of the three subjects
and a minimum aggregate of 35% to figure on the common rank list for admission to
The Joint Admission Board (JAB) of IITs decided to fix the minimum marks required
to crack JEE in a recent meeting. Last time, the minimum qualifying marks in JEE
were worked out after calculating the average of marks scored by all the candidates
who wrote the exam.
According to JAB, the decision will make the system more transparent while making
it easier to set their goals in the examination. "Earlier, the minimum marks required
to qualify in JEE varied from year to year as it was calculated as the average performance
of everybody who wrote the examination. So, the students did not really know the
qualifying marks," said professor G. B. Reddy, organizing chairman, JEE 2012. "It
now the candidates will have an advantage. They may not be equally good in all subjects.
So, they can work towards scoring at least 10% in the subject they are weak in and
then work on their strengths."
JEE has two sections each having a paper in physics, chemistry and mathematics.
Reddy said average score or the qualifying marks was a little over 10% in JEE 2011.
The maharatna and the navratna PSUs have decided to recruit fresh graduates from
various engineering colleges based on their Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
(GATE) score from the placement season next season. For example, the National Thermal
Power Corporation, a maharatna company, has written to colleges saying they will
recruit candidates based on GATE score, group discussions and the interview and
asked the institutes to encourage students to appear for GATE.
The PSUs say this will make a qualitative difference in the recruitments and that
it will set a standardized process, but the engineering institutes are divided.
While confirming recruitments will be based on GATE score, Deepna Mehta, a spokesperson
of NTPC, said: "We won’t conduct our own exams and will rely on GATE score followed
by GDs and interviews. Though, for the time being, we will continue our campus visits,
it will be restricted. This to encourage recruitments based on GATE score." An HR
official of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, a navratna company, said, "Setting
eligibility criteria based on GATE score will ensure credibility and give qualitative
impetus to the process."
Courtesy: Times of India