In a meeting with Joint Admissions Board (JAB) and IIT;s have decided to continue with a requirement that only students in the top 20% of their school boards in class 12 examinations will b eligible for admissions.
The JAB meet was called electronically in a hurry to take a potential decision on Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) after the AP High Court passed an order on a petition by students who argued that the nature of the board examination ins some states detriment them for IIT admissions.
The students pointed out that, while the new admissions criteria will consider only class 12 board examinations scores, but in some state like AP compute both the class 11 & 12 board examination scores for admissions.
They also argued that the IITs announced the new admissions criteria only in late 2012. after these the students who completed class 12 examination, they were in trouble in computing class 12 board examinations scores for admissions.
Further, High Court dismissed the petitions from the students that the new admission rule are "unconstitutional" and HC asked the Human Resource Development ministry to examine these concerns. But, HRD ministry convinced AP government to provide students score in only class 12 to the IITs, to allow them to compute selection criteria for admissions.
A senior IIT administrator told to media, "Yes, it's true that the new admission rules announced in 2012, after most of the students will appear for JEE 2013 completed class 12. but that's challenge every student will face,"
Every year, around 10,000 students were admitted in 18 IITs through IIT-JEE, widely considered as one of the toughest entrance examination in the world.
Earlier, students need only 60% of marks in class 12 board exams to be eligible for IITs admissions, one they cleared the entrance exam. Now its tough to get the admissions in IITs with new admissions process.
Students will have to clear two entrance examinations, one JEE Main and followed by JEE Advanced, in which only 20% of the eligible students from the class 12 get the admissions in IITs.