Panel suggests 70% weight for Class
12 marks in IIT entry
An HRD ministry panel has recommended 70% weightage
to class XII marks and 30% for performance in an aptitude test to be
conducted more than once a year, for the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination.
In what may mark a major shift away from the current scheme of admission to
the country's bluechip engineering institutions, an HRD ministry panel has
recommended 70% weightage to class XII marks and 30% for performance in an
aptitude test to be conducted more than once a year, for the IIT-Joint Entrance
A cut-off list on the basis of the class XII result and the aptitude test will
be prepared in the month of June every year and the top 40,000 will have to take
the additional test for IITs. Right now, more than four lakh students appear for
IIT-JEE in a single test.
The panel headed by Damodar Acharya, director of IIT Kharagpur, that gave its
report to HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday, has also suggested that the
aptitude test be an ongoing affair which students can take more than once.
However, the best score in the aptitude test -- which will have questions on
reasoning, numerical ability and communication skills -- should be taken into
account. It is only the add-on test for the top students that will have
questions on physics, mathematics and chemistry. However, the panel has put a
restriction on the number of times the add-on test can be taken.
Also, unlike the present system, right at the beginning, students will have to
give their choice of IIT or other institutes -- like Indian Institute of Science
Education & Research -- whose admission test is conducted through JEE. Students
will also have to spell out their choice of branch of engineering or stream of
HRD sources said the ministry's first task would be to bring all state boards as
well as CBSE on par with each other by developing a comprehensive weighted
performance index so that there is no gross inequality among them and students
do not suffer. Already, a core science and mathematics syllabus has been mooted
by the HRD ministry and approved by the Council of Board of Secondary Education.
"The move will ensure that students from small towns and even those who cannot
afford expensive coaching can aim to be in IITs," a source said.
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