For the first time CBSE’s class XII results this year are important as weightage is being given to these scores to determine admission into Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs).
A student has to be in the top 20 percentile of CBSE board exam scorers to be eligible to apply to IITs.
CBSE officials said, the top 20 percentile cut-off for the JEE Advanced is 391 for general categories this year.
For other backward classes (OBCs) it is 389, for scheduled castes 350, and 338 for scheduled tribes.
When students first found out that they had to be in the top 20 percentile, it was a scary prospect. They weren’t sure how much they needed to score to qualify for admission. But 391 is quite attainable as it is only around 78 per cent, students said.
“A cut-off of 391 is not at all difficult to obtain. Most students, especially IIT aspirants, would have got a score of over 450,” said a JEE trainer.