JEE Main cut off analysis: Steep decline over the years
Bachan Thakur, 27 Apr 2017, #JEE Main
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Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced JEE Main 2017 result on April 27. With the announcement of the result, the exam conducting authority has also released the cut off marks for JEE Main 2017. To everyone’s surprise, JEE Main 2017 cut off went to an all time low in the last 4 years. Careers360 does a reality check what made JEE Main 2017 cut off marks drop by 19 points/marks for general category candidates.

 

JEE Main official cut off trends:

S.No.

Category

2017

2016

2015

2014

1

General

81

100

105

115

2

OBC-NCL

49

70

70

74

3

SC

32

52

50

53

4

ST

27

48

44

47

We bring you category-wise analysis of JEE Main cut off marks for General, OBC-NCL, SC and ST candidates over the last 3 years.   

 

Category 1: JEE Main cut off for General Category declines by 19%

 

As per the official data of CBSE, JEE Main 2017 cut off for general category is 81 this year, whereas last year, JEE Main cut off marks for general category was 100. This means that the cut off marks dropped by 19 points/marks for 2017, which is a 19% fall in cut off marks. JEE Main 2017 cut off went to an all time low in the last 3 years. While analysing the official cut off data for the last 3 years, it has been found that the cut off marks from 2014 onwards have been registering a decline. In the year 2014, the JEE Main cut off for general category was 115, while in 2015 it dropped to 105. Further in 2016, JEE Main cut off marks stood at 105, registering a dip of 5 marks as compared to 2015. Thus, this year’s cut off of JEE Main (General category) has recorded a significant drop of 19%.

 

Category 2: 30% drop in OBC-NCL cut off

 

For OBC-NCL category too, the JEE Main cut off marks registered a decline. JEE Main cuut off marks for this category is 49 whereas in 2016 the cut off was 70. This means that JEE Main 2017 cut off for OCB-NCL category dropped by 21 points. The drop in cut off marks for the category is 30% as compared to the last year. In 2015, the cut off for this category saw a dip of 4 marks (70) from 74 on the year 2014. However, the cut off marks for OBC-NCL did not register any change and remained same (70) for 2016. 

 

Category 3: JEE Main cut off for SC category registers 39% drop

 

In case of SC category, JEE Main 2017 cut off marks recorded a dip of around 39%. In the year 2017, the JEE Main cut off for SC category is 32, while it was 52 in 2016. While compared to the year 2014, the cut off of JEE Main for this category dropped by 3 marks. In 2014, the cut off for SC was 53 whereas in 2015, it stood at 50, but in the next year 2016 JEE Main cut off (SC category) registered an increase of 2 points when it was 52.

 

Category 4: SC cut off registers around 44% dip

 

JEE Main cut off trends for ST category have been same as that of SC category over the last 3 years. In 2014, the JEE Main cut off for this category was 47 whereas in 2015 it dropped to 44. However, in the next year 2016, JEE Main cut off for ST increased by 4 marks, standing at 48. But the increased cut off of JEE Main could not continue in 2017 where it registered a dip of 21 marks. This comes to a drop of 44% in cut off marks.

 

Category-wise dip in JEE Main cut off marks over last year:

Category

Drop in JEE Main cut off

ST

44%

SC

39%

OBC-NCL

30%

General

19%

 

 

The category-wise cut off marks of JEE Main reflects the biggest decline for ST category with a dip of 44% marks, followed by 39% drop in SC category cut off, 30% in case of OBC-NCL and 19% drop in general category over the last year. 

 

What is the probable reason for such a decline in JEE Main cut off marks this year?

 

Though according to coaching experts, the JEE Main 2017 test takers and other reports, JEE Main 2017 question paper was of moderate difficulty level. However, the JEE Main cut off trends present a different story.

 

Reason 1: One of the probable reasons of the steep decline in JEE Main cut off marks for all categories could be that the questions in JEE Main 2017 paper were difficult.

 

Reason 2: The second possibility for the dip in the cut off marks could be the increased pool of 2,20,000 from 2 lakh who would be filtered from JEE Main to take JEE Advanced. 

 

What does this mean?

 

This means admission opportunities for more test takers of JEE Main 2017 into (NITs, IIITs and GFTIs) as the cut off is quite low this year as compared to the previous year.

 

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