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Dip in JEE qualifiers, IITs to reduce cutoff marks

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Pune: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) management has reduced the cut-off for the academic year as less number of students have met the cut-off benchmark.

IIT had set the cut off benchmark for the 10,006 seats.

Prior to JEE Advanced exam, IIT had announced a cut off of 35% or more in the examination.

The results of JEE advanced were declared recently.

Dip in JEE qualifiers, IITs to reduce cutoff marks

Apparently, 8,600 candidates have scored 35% or more marks, while 19,000 candidates come out with 35% or more in the last year. About 1.17 lakh candidates appeared for the examination held on May 24.

According to Education experts, "IIT management was forced to reduce the cut-off to 24.5% and the reduction in the cut-off is not due to dip in the admission of Scheduled Tribe students."

Speaking to TOI, Murgesh Mageshkar of IIT Prashikshan Kendra said, "The fact is that not enough students could meet the 35% cut-off due to which cut off marks was reduced. The harsh negative marking system introduced in the exam this year affected the students' performance."

"If the results over the past three years are compared, about 18,000 students on an average qualify each year. But this number has come down by almost 9,500 this year," he added.

"The cut-offs have definitely come down since many students have not been able to qualify in this year exam. When compared to last year candidates scoring 63% secured the 1,000th rank, whereas this year candidates with 55% have got the same rank," said Vaibhav Bakliwal of Bakliwal Tutorials.

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