Sources reveal that moving forward the admission to the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) across the country would purely be based on the JEE-Main score. The board examination marks will not hold any weightage.
A panel appointed by the government has suggested the change which is likely to be implemented from the next session that is from 2016. Final decision on this is expected early next month after the HRD minister Smriti Irani holds a discussion on the matter with the NIT council. “We would be recommending scrapping of weightages given to board marks,” shared Devang Khakhar, Director of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and a member of the panel.
Currently, 60% weightage is given to the JEE Main score and 40% weightage is given to the marks secured in the board examination. The panel has recommended the changes due to a blunder made by the Central Board of Secondary Education.
It so happened that the CBSE did not publish the JEE Main ranking list for counselling on time. It put the entire blame on the state boards stating that there was a delay from their end in submitting the Class 12 marks. This led to a major havoc in the IIT admissions. The admissions to the institute had to be postponed and this caused a lot of stress and anxiety among the students. The UPA government was later held responsible for this change as it failed to attain the expected result.
The panel is said to recommend securing a minimum of 60 percent marks or 70 percentile (whichever is lower) in 12th standard to be eligible to sit for the entrance examination.