SC, ST, candidates get boost, lower eligibility cut-off for IIT Admissions
Aspiring to make their way to the IITs & NITs, candidates belonging to Schedule Caste and Schedule tribe category will now have to score 65% marks in their class 12th or be among the top 20 percentile in their category for their respective Class XII Board. The move will give impetus to those SC, ST candidates who are aspiring to make their way to the premier institutes of the country. The decision to lower down the eligibility criteria was taken by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA). Until last year, SC, ST candidates had to score 70% marks in their class 12th to be eligible for the UG engineering admissions at the IITs.
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JoSAA is the body which is responsible for counselling and seat allocation for candidates who clear the JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Those candidates who make their way to JEE Advanced get enrolled in IITs and NITs.
Category and Eligibility marks for IIT Admissions:
Change in Class XII Percentage
Persons with Disabilities
There is no change in the admission criteria specified for the general category students. Candidates who belong to the general category will have to score 75% in their class 12th examination or be among the top 20 per centile, whichever is higher.
Recently, at a meeting, the members of JoSAA and the Joint Admission Board, it was decided that by June 10th, 2017, state boards will have to release the top 20 percentile cut off marks. The objective of this move is to expedite the whole admission process to the IITS and the NITs.
The Joint Entrance Examination (Main) 2017 is scheduled to take place April 02, 2017 in an offline mode, while it will be conducted in an online mode on April 8th-9th, 2017. Those candidates who clear the JEE Main 2017, will have to appear in JEE Advanced which will take place on May 21, 2017. The JEE Advanced 2017 result will be declared on June 11, 2017, followed by counselling , which will be conducted by JoSAA from last week of June 2017 to third week of July 2017.