National Institute of Technology (NIT) is planning change in its exam pattern by scarpping weightage of class 12 marks for preparing JEE Main Merit List. The changes are expected to be introduced from the academic year 2016.
According to reports, the decision on dropping the weightage of class 12 marks is likely to come this week when Smriti Irani will meet NIT Council. The government-appointed committee is also thinking to include class 12 marks in the filtration process.
The recommendation made to Ministry of Human Resource asks for a change in pattern to make 60 per cent marks or 70 percentile, whichever is lower for admission in NITs/IIITs/GFTIs and other private engineering colleges. The current eligibility criteria require minimum 45 per cent marks.
Earlier, JEE Merit List was prepared on the basis of JEE Main score with 60 per cent weightage and class 12 marks holding 40 per cent weightage.
The inclusion of class 12 marks in preparation of JEE Merit List was introduced in 2012 by UPA government to make students concentrate on their board exams as well instead of just engineering exams.