JEE Main ranks will be calculated without class 12th board marks from the academic year 2017-18 onwards. According to an official notification by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the 40 per cent weightage given to class 12th board marks in calculating JEE Main ranks has been scrapped, which will be applicable from the academic year 2017-18 onwards. As per the new guidelines issued by MHRD for JEE, for candidates to qualify for admissions to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and Government-funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs), they have to secure at least 75 per cent marks or be in the top 20 percentile in their respective class 12th board exam. For candidates belonging to SC/ST categories, the qualifying marks would be 65 per cent marks in class 12th board exam.
Till the current academic year, admissions to NITs, IIITs and GFTIs are offered on the basis of JEE Main Ranks. JEE Main Rank List is prepared after finding a composite score of JEE Main scores and Normalized Marks of Class XII in the ratio of 60:40. This weightage given to JEE Main scores and normalized marks of class 12th board are the basis for admission to NIT+System. However, from the upcoming admission year, this weightage of 40 per cent given to class 12th board marks will not be there.
Earlier this year, IIT Council had submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on scrapping the 40 per cent weightage given to class 12th board marks in calculating JEE Main ranks from the year 2017 onwards. The final decision was however pending with the ministry for approval, which has been approved now.
The inclusion of Class XII board marks towards preparing JEE Main Merit List was introduced in 2012 by the former UPA Government with a view that students would become serious for their board exams, rather than only focusing on engineering exams. It was also believed that this inclusion would put an end to the perils of coaching and help improve the ratio of students from poor families and rural areas, who generally don’t get access to coaching facilities.
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