The system gives the added advantage of screening students through the advanced paper, hence there is no question of dilution. The Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the IIT's will decide on the cut-off for main paper. The main paper will shortlist five times the number of candidates to appear for the advanced round of examinations.
The increase in number of seats by the new IIT's might allow close to 10,000 ranks being awarded which means close to 50,000 students would be allowed to sit for the IIT. But, in a state, which prides itself on providing droves of potential engineers to the premier institutes, the measure has been dubbed as 'too much and too soon' to cope with.
A student of Intermediate Second Year in the city who will appear for the common entrance in 2013 said “We are already in intermediate second year now and year has been wasted preparing for the IIT-JEE Format. How do you switch to ISEET all of a sudden? Also, now we have to prepare for intermediate exams as well which is an added pressure”.
The principal of Narayana Junior College in Mehidipatnam said “ The announcement should have come two years before they proposed to implement it. For stduents who will join intermediate first year now, it is no big deal but for those in final year, half the journey has been completed. Further, given the pattern of the examination, not every student can get a shot at IIT”.
“If this is the case then how can everyone take a shot at the IIT's? It becomes a hurdle for those who have been preparing for AIEEE and EAMCET but would like to sit for the IIT-JEE”, he added. The said pattern will change by 2015 following which the entrance to IIT's will be through the main paper as well.
Though clear guidelines shall be issued only on July/Aughst as to the pattern of the examination, the corporate colleges are on a roll already conducting ISEET classes for the next round of number cards.