JEE Main & Advanced 2020: IIT-JEE Marking Criteria May Be Dropped This Year

Published on : 13th July 2020    Author : Meenakshi
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In a view of COVID-19 outbreak, the IITs across the country may drop Class 12 marking admission criterion for 2020.

The Indian Institute of Technology commonly known as IIT is considering the option to drop the admission criteria of students into IITs on the basis of their Class 12 performance. Recently, the JEE chairpersons proposed that the Class 12 criterion should be waived for 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Usually, a general category student, seeking to get admission in IITs are selected on the basis of the rank they have secured in JEE Advanced and should at least 75 per cent or figure in the top 20 percentile of her Board results. While, on the other hand, SC/ST category students have to scored either at least 65 percent or fulfill the top 20 percentile requirements.

CBSE Cancels To Conduct Class 10th and 12th Exams

Last month, the CISCE and CBSE announced that the pending exams for Class 10 and Class 12 are cancelled now, due to the growing concerns over student safety as many states continue to get rapid surge in COVID19 positive cases.

The Boards then declared the alternative evaluation methods for the remaining exams. For instance, CBSE results 2020 will be announced via DigiLocker app on the basis of a special marking scheme, which includes the average marks of the best-performing subjects to the scrapped examination. Similarly, for those who are waiting for their CBSE 12th Results 2020 will get an opportunity to appear for the pending papers once the situation gets normal.

Note: This chance is only for those who are not satisfied with their provided results.

What Was Decided on JIC Meeting?

Recently the JIC (Joint Implementation Committee) comprises a meeting with all JEE chairpersons of IITs on a topic of JEE admission criteria. Throughout the meeting, the JEE chairpersons proposed that the Class 12 criterion must be waived for 2020 given that different Boards have cancel or postponed their exams due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. “There was a consensus that the IITs, instead, should insist on rank holders to have passed their Board exams this year,” said a JIC member, as per the media reports.

The Class 12 performance criterion isn’t a make-or-break criterion for admissions even in an average year. “There are very few rank holders who are denied admission every year for either not scoring a minimum of 75 per cent marks or meeting the top 20 percentile cut-off. So, doing away (with this criterion) for one admission cycle isn’t going to make a big difference,” the member said.

The final JIC proposal will only be implemented once it has gained the Joint Admission Board’s (JAB) approval.

JEE Main and Advanced Schedule 2020

As per the recently announced schedule, JEE Main 2020 is going to be held from 01st September to 06th September 2020. While, JEE (Advanced) will be held on 27th September 2020. This is the second time that the IIT JEE examination has been rescheduled due to the pandemic’s outbreak.

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