The admission counselling for IITs and NITs could not take off yesterday as well, as CBSE failed again to declare the JEE Main ranks.
The board has not kept up its revised deadline given by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA).
Students apsiring to join the IITs are in dilema owing to the unprecedented delay in the admission process this year.
Non-availability of JEE (Main) ranks and delay in the admission process are adding to their anxiety. CBSE officials remained unavailable for comment after the fiasco.
"It was decided that they would release the ranks to all agencies that were waiting for them to start their admission process and then announce them on their web site, probably by Wednesday for the students. By Tuesday evening, though, they raised issues about the data format and the merger of JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced) data," said an official.
An official who is part of JoSAA said, "There was no point in revising the schedule further without any definitive response from the CBSE. We have already revised the schedule twice."
The schedule for the first-ever joint seat allocation process for 85 government-funded technical institutes, including IITs and NITs, was already revised twice.
According to the original schedule, the process was to start on June 25. More than 13 lakh students were to be part of the process for admissions to 34,000 seats.
A source blamed the delay on a few state boards, including Odisha, Mizoram and Tripura, which did not send their results data in time. Besides, CBSE is yet to announce the scores of JEE (Main) Paper-II, leave alone the ranks.
A CBSE official had earlier said that according to the original schedule, the ranks were to be released only in the first week of July.
Meanwhile, the IITs are flooded with calls from anxious parents and students since 1 week. The website clearly informs that the admissions will be initiated once JEE (Main) ranks for paper-I and paper-II are released.