JEE Main Ranks will be calculated without taking into consideration Class 12th Board marks from the academic session 2017-18.
As per the official notification of the MHRD, there has been a decision to scrap the 40 percent weight age that is given to the Class 12th Board marks in calculating the JEE Main Ranks from the academic session 2017-18.
As per the revised guidelines issued by the MHRD, candidates will be required to secure at least 75 percent marks in the 12th Board exams or secure a position in the Top 20 percentile in their respective Class 12th Board exam in order to qualify for admissions to IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs.
The qualifying marks would be 65 percent in the Class12th Board for candidates belonging to SC/ST category.
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Admissions to IIITs, NITs, GFTIs have been offered based on the JEE Main Ranks till the current academic year.
Till date, JEE Main Rank List was prepared after calculating a composite score of JEE Main Scores and Normalized Marks of Class 12th Board in the ratio 60:40.
This composite score of JEE Main and Class 12th Board served as the basis for admission to NIT+ system.
However, from the upcoming year, the 40 percent weight age given to the Class 12th Board marks will be discarded.
Earlier this year, the IIT Council had submitted a proposal to the MHRD to discard the 40 percent weight age given to the Class 12th Board exams in calculating JEE Main Ranks from the year 2017 onwards.
The MHRD after reviewing the proposal finally gave its consent to the proposal.
The inclusion of the Class 12th Board marks in preparing the JEE Main Rank list had been introduced by the UPA Government in 2012 with a view that students pay attention to Board exams rather than merely focusing on Engineering Entrance preparation.
There was a perception that this inclusion would put an end to the menace of coaching and increase the ratio of students from poor sections and rural areas who generally don’t get access to coaching facilities.