IIT JEE New Format - 'AP Students Stand to Lose'

The new rule introduced regarding the qualifying standards for appearing for the JEE (main) and JEE (advanced) for admission into the IITs and NITs from 2013 has put the students of Andhra Pradesh and some other states, including other Southern States, at a great disadvantage.

Unlike in the past when 60 per cent of marks in the Intermediate or the other plus two examinations for the open category and OBC students and 55 per cent for SCs and STs, is the minimum qualifying mark for appearing for the JEE, the minimum marks are fixed for each State, depending on the percentile of top 20 students of individual boards of the State. For AP, the minimum eligibility percentage required is 87.2 and 78.17 per cent for Tamil Nadu and 76.5 per cent for Kerala. Nagaland students require 49 per cent and Meghayalaya?s 49.4 per cent. It is 56.23 per cent for Orissa and 58 per cent for West Bengal. For foreign nationals the qualifying mark is just 60 per cent.

This rule was brought in by the then Union Minister for HRD Kapil Sibal through the recommendations of the Ramaswamy Committee, with an intention to deny meritorious South Indian students an opportunity to study in IITs and NITs, alleged the office bearers of the Greater Visakha BC Samkshema Sangham, at a press conference here on Tuesday.

Its president Narava Rambabu, general secretary P. Rajaskehar, vice-presidents T. Shantaram, K. Polayya, D. Karunakar Rao, and others addressed the press conference.

The new rule was strongly opposed by all IITs, except the Guwahati IIT when the proposal was made and they all wanted the old system continued. The new system was discriminatory, unjust and unconstitutional. An OC candidate in one State having lesser percentile than a SC or ST student in some other States can appear for the JEE this year which displayed the discrimination in the new system, they pointed out.

The number of candidates was also reduced from five lakhs to 1.5 lakh only and the examination centres are just three for each State leading to many problems for the students. There is no offline centre for the students from Srikakulam to Krishna districts.

# For AP, the minimum eligibility percentage required is 87.2

# The new rule was strongly opposed by all IITs, except the Guwahati IIT
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