The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) has decided to bring down the eligibility criteria for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes/Persons with Disabilities categories. The move comes to bring more candidates from backward communities into prestigious engineering institutes.
As per the new eligibility criteria, candidates from these categories are required to score 65 percent marks in class XII exams which was earlier 70 percent. For other candidates, the eligibility cut-off will remain the same as 75% in Class 12, or the top 20 percentile, whichever is higher.
JoSAA conducts joint admissions for more than 90 engineering institutes including Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NIT) and National Institutes of Information Technology (NIIT).
Many heads of the state boards said their top scorers do not score even 75 percent, so they want top 20 percentile to be maintained. For similar reasons, JoSAA reduced the cut-off scores for SC/ST/PwD categories.
The first meeting regarding this was conducted at IIT -Madras on January 29, in which state education boards, Ministry of HRD officials, members of JoSAA and Joint Admission Board (JAB) and Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE) participated.
JoSAA and National Informatics Center will jointly conduct the allocation of seats to engineering institutes between June and July 2017. JoSAA will also send a brief format to all school boards to provide the required cut-offs in time.
The registrations for Joint Entrance Examination (Main) 2017 have already been started from December 1, 2016. The Joint Admission Board (JAB) has made Adhaar card mandatory to apply for JEE main 2017.
Earlier, this year the Ministry of HRD stated that Class 12 marks will not be considered for the JEE main rankings for admission to undergraduate engineering programmes. The ministry of HRD had taken the decision after the recommendations were submitted to make changes in the JEE pattern.
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