Top 20 Percentile Eligibility Norm adds to IIT Admissions Confusion

Even as normalization of percentile of JEE (Main) and class XII marks continues to create confusion for students seeking admission to NITs, admission to prestigious IITs is beset with its own problems.

The basis for admission to 16 IITs is performance in JEE (Advanced). The other crucial condition is that those who have done well in JEE (Advanced) should be in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates in class XII examination conducted by various school Boards. There are 10,000 seats in IITs — around 5,000 for general candidates and rest for reserved category students.

While the JEE (Advanced) score came late June, on Sunday top 20 percentile eligibility cutoffs for this academic session was announced. This created a peculiar situation. After the JEE (Advanced) score came along with the All India Rank, online counseling of students began and many were offered seat in IITs based on their rank. Then came top 20 percentile eligibility cutoff and many students found they have not qualified despite having done well in JEE (Advanced).

Among the worst hit would be students from Andhra Pradesh with the highest cutoffs of 91.8%, followed by Tamil Nadu (90.9%) and Kerala (85.2%). There is a report of one student from Andhra Pradesh who despite securing the all-India rank within 3,000 would not get the admission because he does not fulfill the class XII cutoff of his state. Since Hyderabad is one of the biggest hubs of IIT coaching many students from neighbouring states take admission in class XI in Andhra Pradesh.

The lowest cutoffs are for Tripura (53.2%), Jharkhand (56.2%), Assam (56.6%) and Uttarakhand (57.8%). CBSE’s cutoff is 81.6%, ICSE (83.2%), UP (73%), Bihar (65%) and West Bengal (61.2%). Eligibility till last year across boards was 60%. These cutoffs are for general category students.

However, IIT-Delhi’s H C Gupta, who is overseeing JEE (Advanced) this year, disagrees. He says, “Cutoff of top 20 percentile would not affect more than 20 students across sixteen IITs. Even with 60% class XII eligibility criteria till last year few students could not get admission despite clearing JEE.”

CBSE official Accused of Revealing AIEEE Exam Paper

An official of Central Board of School Education (CBSE) managing AIEEE till the last year has been blamed for leaking the question paper through text messages. Another accusation of permitting an online AIEEE test center in Kota, Rajasthan.

From current year, the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) is now converted into Joint Entrance Examination (Main).

CBI received a command from the government to investigate the matter along with the case of disproportionate assets. The official was blamed of gathering uneven huge and wealth.

An anonymous complaint was filed against Pitam Singh, CBSE director of special examinations, CBSE at the Central Vigilance Commission. An inquiry regarding the same was conducted by the human resource development ministry.

According to another anonymous complaint, an inflated student number was shown in the successful running chain of Mothers Pride schools in the capital that organized by the wife of the accused CBSE official.

Although, Singh denied from all allegations saying that he was innocent and was framed in the case because of jealousy.

DU Third Cutoff List: Commerce, Eng, Eco courses Remains Open

It is assumed that seats for popular courses such as English, economics and commerce will be available in the third cutoff list. Admission to various courses of Delhi University after the declaration of second cutoff list will be closed from 3 July 2013 and the third cutoff list will released on 4 July 2013.

 Hindu College may release new cutoffs for economics, English and commerce as seats are still vacant. In addition, it is expected that some students may withdraw due to the introduction of new courses. Even the situation in economics at Shri Ram College of Commerce is still uncertain where 69 students got admission against 62 seats.

 The Kamala Nehru College will also issue third cut off for its economics as only 29 out of 86 seats were filled. Alongside seats in journalism, philosophy and Sanskrit course are also vacant although only one withdrawal is encountered till now.

 The cutoff list of Kirori Mal College is hard to predict as 70-80 withdrawals are encountered till now. Economics at Miranda house may also available for third cutoff list although officials hesitate to comment over it. Alongside the third cutoff list for English and computer science may also issued by Miranda house.

 Admission to science courses in several colleges are closed however Ramjas is probably to release third cutoff list for chemistry and physics with 100 seats in each. Along with withdrawals of 130 seats has been encountered in statistics and mathematics courses as many applications were received after second cutoff.

An app that Promises to Change Education

Social Media and Internet technology has changed the way people interact and communicate with their peers and friends. The internet technology has penetrated almost every sphere of human life and same is the case with Education. With this article we are going to describe an app that could change the way education and knowledge is imparted to students.

A professor pulls out a tablet-like device in the class and marks students who are absent. After the class, he enters the part of the syllabus he covered during that hour. The data, updated on a central server, is visible to the principal, head of the department, students and parents. He also conducts a test for students, on the mobile phone.

The application, which is redefining the way academic chores are traditionally managed by colleges, is from a Bangalore-based company, Ipomo. It is being used in 46 colleges (PU, degree, engineering, pharmacy, polytechnic) across Karnataka.

It all started in 2008 when there was no Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter; and the only big thing was gaming. It struck Hari Prakash Shanbhog and Vidyadhara S Talya, who were in Wipro then, that they should do something on the mobile space for youngsters. The two zeroed in on an education app.

Ipomo was founded in 2008 and angel funded by Rajeev Kuchhal, former vice president, Infosys, and former COO, On-Mobile; and Sanjeev Joshi, former vice president, Infosys.

They started in 2009 with an app to enable students applying for the CET to take a mock test. “There were umpteen coaching centres. So we didn’t want to get into that. The mock test enables students to compete with hundreds of others in different parts of the state, and not just with a few others in a classroom,” says Hari Prakash.

The first test went live the next year in partnership with Base, and was taken by 3,380 students of 50 colleges in nine towns. This year, Ipomo improvised the app, making it a portal of ‘Rooms’, or a collection of services. Ipomo also launched a Goodnight Test. “That’s a test a student can take in the night to check how well he or she has learned during the day. It became quite popular,” says Hari Prakash.

The app has a Campus Finder that helps students or parents to filter colleges based on location and stream. Colleges are filtered on the basis of cutoff ranks of previous year’s CET admission.

Currently the app is being used by 42,302 students of PU, degree, engineering and MBA streams. There are 8,327 students in the CET Room; and more than 70% of students are using the Campus Finder.

 In 2010, when the first mock CET test went live, Ipomo, in response to requests from colleges, added features for lecturers to make their task easier. This was started as a pilot project in three colleges of Bangalore: Seshadripurm PU College, Seshadripuram First Grade College , and Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College For Women. Currently, all government first grade colleges in Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore and Coorg are using the system.

Bangalore Boy is Karnataka Topper in JEE

The news came as a huge surprise to a Bangalore boy when the results of ZEE were announced by the state official. According to reports from various sources, Vadiraja K, a student of National Public School, Rajajinagar, topped one of the prestigious exams in the state.

Vadiraja now hopes to get into National Institute of Technology, Suratkal, for computer engineering. “I have always been interested in programming. I like solving tough algorithmic problems,” he said. And not surprisingly, he loves Maths the most.

Vadiraja bagged 97.6% in his Class 12 exam and rank 53 in the Common Entrance test (CET). “Since they consider 60% marks from the entrance and the remaining 40% from the boards, it’s important to balance both. I think my high marks in boards also helped me in scoring well in this test,” he said.

“I used to study 3-4 hours a day, keeping a balance between school and entrance coaching. One need not spend time as much regularly on school.

A month or two before the boards was when I concentrated more on the test,” he added. Son of a software engineer and a homemaker, Vadiraja loves music and reading thrillers.

Chandigarh boy tops AIIMS Entrance Exam

Arnav Aggarwal a student from Chandigarh and a resident of Sector 37 here topped one of the most prestigious exams in Indian AIIMS PMT. It needs to be emphasized that Arnav was selected both for IIT ZEE and AIIMS however he chose to get into the field of medicine due to his inherent inclination towards the science of body and Nobel service. He sees there is a lot of work to be done in the field of medicine and physiology and it would be great if he could help the medical fraternity to eradicate some major prevalent diseases in Indian and the world.

Any regrets he may have had for not taking up an engineering course despite getting second rank in IIT-JEE disappeared as the result of AIIMS PMT was declared on Monday.

For Arnav, it was a dream comes true as he had longed to be associated with AIIMS.

Arnav had earlier topped the city in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for admission to all undergraduate medical colleges in the country. He, however, stood second nationally. Arnav had scored 95.4% marks in Class XII.

This is for the third time in last five years that a city lad has topped AIIMS PMT.

Another lad from the region, Nishant Aggarwal of Patiala, came out with flying colours in the AIIMS PMT exam as he secured the sixth all India rank. He was taking coaching for the exam in Chandigarh. Nishant had scored ninth position in the NEET.

Akshit Bhardwaj from the city secured the 44th position across the country and second in the Tricity. He had scored the 62 rank in NEET.

Others who made the city proud were Jaskaran Singh with all India rank of 65, Gurtej Saini (100), Siddharth Bajaj (113), Mudit Sharma (160), Shruti (491), Deepali (497), Lakshya Tuteja

Fewer toppers opt for IIT Bombay this year

The craze for admission in IITs is not a common thing these days however comparatively students are reluctant to take admission in IIT Bombay this year. According to reports from various sources even as the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) retains its pole position among the Joint Entrance Exam (Advanced) high scorers, the number of candidates from the Top 100 rankers who will join the Powai institute will be less than last year.

Only 67 aspirants from the elite club have been allotted seats at IIT-B, down from last year’s 77. IIT-Delhi (IIT-D) comes a distant second with 29 candidates compared to 19 last year. The remaining four candidates will head to IIT-Madras. Of the Top 10 rankers, eight have opted for IIT-B and the remaining two have signed up for IIT-D.

First ranker Pallerla Sai Sandeep Reddy and second ranker Addanki Ravichandra, both from Hyderabad, have opted for IIT-B. Leena Madhuri, the second highest ranker among girls, will also go to IIT-B. “We get really bright students. It does not matter how many from the Top 100 join us,” said Devang Khakhar, IIT-B director.

About a decade ago, IIT-Kanpur was the preferred choice for the Top 100 rankers in JEE. But since 2005, the trend has gradually changed in favour of IIT-B—this year none of the top candidates want to go to IIT-Kanpur.

“After four years of intensive preparations for the IIT entrance exam, students don’t join with a hunger in the belly to learn more. They look at the four years at IIT as a destressing period and hence, opt for IITs in metros, such as Bombay, Delhi and Madras,” said Sanjay Dhande, former director of IIT-Kanpur. “What also matters is job opportunities as companies are reluctant to travel to small towns to hire graduates.”

For the last few years, IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Roorkee have not been able to attract any of the Top 100 rankers, while IIT-Madras has seen an increase in the inflow of top rankers. “Although four is a small number, we are not too concerned about the how many from the Top 100 join us because we get good students,” said Bhaskar Ramamurthy, director, IIT-Madras.

The IITs will put up the cut-offs of the top 20 percentile candidates from all state and central boards by Wednesday morning.

“There will not be many candidates who qualified in JEE (Advanced) but not in their boards. A couple of students, who got ranks in Advanced but were not eligible as they did not fall in the Top 20 percentile in their respective boards, did approach us. Such candidates will not get a seat at IIT,” said H C Gupta, JEE (Advanced) 2013 chairman.

JEE Ranking Shows Class XII results are important

The new selection procedure in IIT clearly indicates that there is no room for students to ignore their performance in the XII standard as the result of class XII may let you in or out in the race of IIT-JEE

According to reports from various sources this year IIT-JEE (main) rank list came as a surprise for the city, proving clearly how important Class XII result is and will be in future. Though it brought cheers to all as toppers remained the same, it has changed the order in which toppers were expected. Also, it failed to bring excitement to toppers, as they have already managed to crack IIT-JEE (advanced) that would get them admission to IITs.

Teachers who have been teaching these bright minds blamed the system of ranking. “The system by which the rank list is made is faulty. Whereas it considers 98% of CBSE as 100%, a child scoring 88% from a different board is also considered 100%. This is unfair. Also, there are many students who have filed for evaluation of marks in Class XII as they were not satisfied with them,” said Sangeeta Khanna, who has taught chemistry to all toppers.

As a result of Class XII weightage, Abhijit Lavania, who is considered a genius by friends, family and mainly teachers, was expected to be the topper in JEE (main) too, but he has been pushed to the second position just because he could not score too well in Class XII boards. “He scored 98 and 99% marks in all subjects, except physical education. That was surprising as he has never scored marks as low as 80,” said his father Chetak Arun, an IIT engineer. However, the family is not disappointed as Abhijit’s target is already set. “He wants to pursue engineering physics from Cornell University College of Engineering, USA, where he has already got admission,” said Chetak.

Also, the rank list did not have an impact on the highest scorers, as they have already cleared IIT-JEE advanced. Srishti Singla, who is third in Tricity, said: a??Since IIT-JEE result is already out and most of us have cracked it with good

According to experts the main aim of the ranking system is to ensure a healthy and holistic selection of candidates rather than relying on a single and one-time test. It will help selectors select those students who are performer throughout their education. With mixed opinion the move has gained acceptance as well as criticism from people from various sphere of Indian education fraternity.

Indian Govt. Gearing-up for Special Heritage Plan for Universities that have completed 100 years

The news could cherish those individuals who are keen on protecting the heritage of traditional Indian Education System. With the modernization of Indian Education system and adoption of Macaulay’s Modern Education System the traditional Indian education system has been neglected much however with this move Indian Government is again all set to rejuvenate the strength and capacity of traditional Indian education system.

Seeking to restore higher education institutions started by reformer-thinkers like Swami Vivekananda and Rabindranath Tagore to their lost glory the HRD ministry plans on granting universities who have completed 100 years or more with a “special heritage” status. The tag will come with a one-time grant of up to Rs 60 crore along with greater administrative and academic autonomy.

There is a growing concern that while there has been a quantitative increase in higher education, the quality of education has suffered. A view within the ministry is that private players with commercial and profit-making goals have proliferated and government institutions have developed a sort of “systemic allergy” to promotion of excellence. Through the special heritage tag the ministry hopes that universities that have been tested since pre-Independence era will have a chance to rejuvenate their academic environment.

According to the scheme, the ministry has created three categories for universities: 150 years or more, those that have completed 125 years but are less than 149 years and varsities that are between 100 and 124 years. The quantum of grant will be proportionate with older universities being given more. So those institutions that have completed over 150 years will get Rs 10 crore-Rs 12 crore a year, category two will get between Rs 8 crore and Rs 10 crore a year while those that have completed 100 years will get Rs 6 crore-Rs 8 crore a year. The budgetary provision is for a five-year period.

Among the state universities that are over 150 years old include universities of Calcutta, Bombay, Madras and Calcutta Presidency. The Aligarh Muslim University and Allahabad University are both between 125 and 149 years old and will be considered while deemed universities like the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, Gurukul Kangri Viswavidyalaya and Jamia Hamdard could also be considered.

 Other criteria include institutions that were started with a philanthropic and non-profit motive or established with a national need in mind. Institutions started by epoch-making thinkers like Swami Vivekananda, Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Vidyasagar would also be included. As an exception those educational institutions that had started as trusts or colleges but graduated to universities will also be considered. According to news from sources such moves would strengthen the power of traditional Indian education system and a new move will be taken to restore the traditional heritage of India.

July 3 deadline to get photo copy of CBSE Std XII answer sheets

According to the latest news from the Indian Education Fraternity students of std X and XII in CBSE who wish to get a photocopy of their evaluated answer sheets can apply online till July 3. CBSE has also made it clear that the application for a copy can be made only online, through their official web site www.cbse.nic.in.

The central board will charge Rs500 per subject and the payment has to be made through a demand draft and has to be mailed to the concerned regional office, which in case of Nagpur students will be Chennai.

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For Std XII students, the online application can be made till July 3. For Std X students, the dates will be from June 29 till July 6. It is important to note that the application facility will remain open only till 5pm of the last day of application.

After students fill up the online application form, a confirmation page will be generated through the website. The confirmation page, along with the requisite enclosures and fee should reach the board’s regional office concerned on or before the date specified above. The confirmation page of the application form is to be submitted by the candidate, duly filled up with the required undertaking strictly in his/her own hand writing and under his/her own signature and not by anyone else. The signature should correspond with that on the admit card.

However, students cannot challenge the way their paper has been evaluated and will have to give a written undertaking to that effect in the confirmation page itself. Requests for re-total will be accepted and if the student finds any answer left unchecked, a request for evaluation of that particular answer will also be entertained. A photocopy of the student’s admit card will also need to be attached. The regional office will send a photocopy of the answer sheet within 30 days