IITs will admit students with even 6% in entrance exam this year

In a comment on the lack of success in raising school education standards, especially for the disadvantaged, the IITs will be admitting students with scores as low as 31 out of 504, or 6.1%, this year to fill vacant seats (compared to 8.8% in 2014).

The challenge of maintaining standards at the IITs seems to be growing. While IIT-Roorkee last week expelled 73 students for underperformance, it now appears this elite group of institutions will have to lower the bar to admit students from the weaker sections. Since IITs do not manage to fill all seats in these categories even after lowering cut-offs, qualifying marks will be further reduced to create a third category for students who will be sent for a preparatory course provided they’ve got at least 6.1%.

Subjective components in the JEE (Advanced) 2015 question paper and use of higher negative marks made it tougher this year. IITs had to therefore lower the bar for qualifying in the general category from 35% to 24.5%. For the reserved categories, cut-offs came down to 12.25%. 

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