IIT removed minimum 75% Marks in Class 12 criteria for admission for JEE Advanced qualified candidates

As per the reports by various news media, the criteria of minimum 75% Marks in Class 12 exams has been removed for admission in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) for JEE Advanced 2020 qualified candidates due partial cancellation of exams by various boards due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank through his official twitter handle has made this announcement. 

He wrote, “Due to the partial cancellation of class XII exams by several Boards, Joint Admission Board (JAB) has decided to relax the eligibility criterion for #JEE (Advanced) 2020 qualified candidates this time.”  

“Qualified candidates who have passed class 12 examinations will now be eligible for admissions irrespective of marks obtained,” he added in his tweet.

Prior to this, to be eligible for admission in IIT, the candidates were required to score either minimum 75 per cent marks in class 12 board exams or rank among the top 20 percentile in their qualifying examinations apart from qualifying the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Advanced.

The JEE Mains examination, which has been postponed twice, will now be held from September 1-6, 2020 while JEE Advanced 2020 is scheduled to be held on September 27.

JEE-Mains is conducted for admission to engineering colleges across the country and is also considered as a qualifying test for JEE-Advanced.