HRD Minister Steps in to Resolve Confusion over Board cut-off Norms in Admission to IITs
HRD minister M M Pallam Raju has called the IIT-Delhi director on Wednesday to discuss widespread resentment against the criterion that students have to secure top 20 percentile in class XII board examination. This is an additional criterion apart from performance in JEE (Advanced).
So far, 79 students have been denied admission in IITs after getting initial offer as they did not fulfill the cut-off norms that vary in case of each state board. Though Raju is non-committal about changing the procedure from next year, sources said the minister has been receiving lot of complaints against the manner in which cut-offs were calculated twice. “He wants to understand what has gone wrong. Denial of admission has become a big issue in minister’s home state Andhra Pradesh,” a source said. IIT-Delhi organized this year’s JEE (Advanced).
Sources said the top 20 percentile eligibility cut-offs of class XII result was calculated twice. “This created the problem. For instance, in case of Andhra Pradesh the first cut-off was 89% which had to be corrected to 91.8%. This happened due to miscalculation but resulted in many students not getting the admission,” a source said.
The matter has already reached the Supreme Court. Last week, the apex court stayed an Andhra Pradesh High Court order that reserved four seats for students who had challenged the 20-percentile criteria. SC has adjourned the matter for two weeks. There is a widespread variation in cut-offs. It is low in Tripura (53.2%), Jharkhand (56.2%), Assam (56.6%) and Uttarakhand (57.8%). CBSE’s cut-off is 81.6%, ICSE (83.2%), UP (73%), Bihar (65%) and West Bengal (61.2%). Eligibility till last year across boards was 60%. IIT-Delhi maintains there is nothing wrong with the eligibility, and only few students would be affected.