The Joint Entrance Examination Apex Board (JAB) has given nod to 31 National Institutes of Technology (NIT), Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST)-Shibpur, IIITs and government technology institutes to scrap the existing 60/40 weightage formula for admissions.
Candidates vying for seats will have to secure at least 75% marks in the higher secondary (HS) examination or rank among the top 20 percentile in their respective board exams. This will be the minimum qualification criterion, besides the rank secured in entrance test.
IITs and ISM-Dhanbad follow the same criteria for admissions: only after meeting the cutoffs does a student get a seat through counselling based on their IIT-JEE (Advanced) rank. At the moment, the minimum to pass in all subjects in Higher Secondary and secure 45 percent in the aggregate. Sixty per cent weightage to the JEE-Main rank and forty percent weightage on board exam results will be no longer valid from the 2017 examination.
The ministry of human resource development has also given the nod for the JAB proposal. If the student fails to meet the desired cutoff in the HS exam, then his/ her rank in the entrance test will be nullified.
Also, all the institutes are also likely to admit candidates based on the same entrance exam as IITs (JEE Advanced). Currently, it is unlikely that JEE-Main will be scrapped because several technology colleges and institutes run by the state take in students based on their rank in JEE-Main. By the end of 2017, a decision will be taken. The JAB is likely to take a call soon on holding the single entrance test.