Easier Eligibility Norms for IIT Admissions

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Starting 2015, students scoring 75 per cent marks in their class XII examinations will also be eligible for admissions to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology, provided they clear the JEE (Advanced). In a move that is set to have a positive impact on several aspirants to the much sought after IITs, the IIT Council has decided to relax the eligibility criteria for admissions to its institutes.

Under the rules set in the last two years, eligibility for admissions was limited to students falling in the top 20 percentile of their higher secondary boards. The decision was arrived at unanimously in a meeting of the council at IIT Madras on Tuesday.

According to council member Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay, “Students can either score above 75 per cent or be in the top 20 percentile of their boards to be eligible. We wanted to give all students a definite target of 75 per cent.”

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The proposal to the IIT council to relax the norms had been mooted by the Joint Implementation Committee (JIC), the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the IITs. The move will benefit students from boards that follow a liberal marking system as well as students from the CBSE and ISC board, which had higher cut-offs for the top 20 percentile.

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