Centre gives relief to AP’s IIT aspirants

Published: 26th February 2013 08:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th February 2013 08:49 AM   |  A+A-

In a relief to IIT aspirants from Andhra Pradesh, the Centre on Monday said that the cut-off percentage for the top 20 percentile will be computed only on Class-12 marks.

Acting on directions from the AP High Court, the HRD ministry said the cut-off percentage for the top 20 percentile calculation in case of Andhra Pradesh Board students would be calculated on the basis of Class-12 marks provided by their board like many other state boards.

According to an official statement, the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of JEE (Advanced)-2013 resolved  on the same lines after the High Court had expressed concern over the disadvantage suffered by the students who were unaware of the proposed new system when they were in the first year.

In its judgment, the High Court had said Intermediate course in Andhra Pradesh was of two-year duration and the percentage of marks secured by a student was the aggregate of the marks secured in the first and second years.

The observation came after some petitioners challenged the JEE-2013, seeking regulation of the percentile norms.

According to the new format vetted last year, admission to IIT will be based on a two-tier system _ a main and an advance test. Students clearing the advance test would be considered for admission provided they figured in the top 20 percentile in their boards.

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