Class 12 Marks to be Scrapped for Engineering/Medical Admissions

(Representational Picture)Students discuss question paper after coming out of examination hall in Panaji, on March 2, 2015. CBSE board exams commenced today. (Photo: IANS)

(Representational Picture)Students discuss question paper after coming out of examination hall in Panaji, on March 2, 2015. CBSE board exams commenced today. (Photo: IANS)

It will be a deja vu for students appearing for engineering admissions next year as an expert panel has recommended scrapping the current provision to take into account Class 12 marks due to undue delays.

It means the new system introduced in 2013 by Kapil Sibal, Congress HRD minister may be rolled back to accommodate the clamour for more autonomy by IITs. Currently, JEE takes 40% of the Board marks, while some state entrance exams take 50% of the marks for admissions into various engineering institutions.

The panel recommendation has been submitted to the Union Human Resources Development Ministry and once the proposal is accepted, the students will have to focus more on admission test scores than their Class 12 marks to get into engineering or medical institutes, especially IITs and NITs.

The Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) has made the recommendation, according to a report in the Times of India, which may do away with the current system of admission tests where 40 to 50 percent weight is given to Class 12 marks. If accepted, next year’s JEE tests will be held much earlier than the plan, it said owing to the time required to process the results.

The CSAB recommendation has been made in the wake of unusual delay in state boards submitting their results and scores to CBSE and glitches which follow until re-evaluation scores some in. It means the JEE (Main) scores will be based only on merit and not take into account the 40% weightage given to Class XII scores for admissions to NITs and stte-funded technical institutes. IITs have anyway opted out of it as the JEE (Advanced) is the basis for their admissions.

MP Singh, coordinator of the CSAB from NIT-Patna, who was also part of JoSAA 2015, told TOI: “Many of the 47 higher secondary boards in the country are not sending their scores on time to the CBSE. Keeping in mind students’ interests, we will be asking the apex body to conduct admissions only on the basis of the JEE (Main) scores.”

Many academic institutions have delayed their admission this year by a week due to the delay that forced the joint seat allocation process (JoSAA) defer the announcement of results in JEE (Main).

Another JoSAA official was quoted to have said: “There were some students whose marks were higher than what they actually scored in their Class XII. Such students managed to get a seat on the basis of the ‘hiked’ score in the joint seat allocation process.”

The sub-committee is also reviewing the need for some gap between board exams and the admission tests to enable students prepare, officials said.


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