JEE Advanced 2017: Plea filed in Supreme Court challenging IIT’s decision on grace marks

The apex court has sought reply from the Centre and the IIT Madras (exam conducting body) on why 7 additional grace marks were awarded even to aspirants who did not attempt the questions.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: June 30, 2017 1:03 pm
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A petition has been filed on Friday challenging premier Indian Institute of Technology’s decision to grant grace marks to all students for misprinted questions in Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). The apex court has sought reply from the Centre and the IIT Madras (exam conducting body) on why 7 additional grace marks were awarded even to aspirants who did not attempt the questions.

IITs have earlier decided to give 11 marks as the bonus to all students for three ‘ambiguous’ questions asked in the JEE (Advanced) held on May 21.

While two questions were from the mathematics section, one belongs to physics. In two other questions from physics and chemistry, marks will be given for any of the two answers given by the IITs. The decision was taken after an internal review of question papers by experts from the IITs.

As per a TOI report, in 2016, students got bonus marks for three questions, and in 2015, they got a bonus for only one ambiguous question. Students get one mark each for a correct option in questions.

Top 2.2 lakh candidates from JEE (Main) were shortlisted to register for JEE (Advanced) 2017 and about 1.71 lakh candidates registered for the same.

The seat allotment for admission in IITs, NITs, IITs and other GFTIs has already started this week. As many as 36,114 candidates got seats in the first round across 97 institutes and 11,000 candidates were offered seats in IITs.



With inputs from ANI

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    Surender Kalra
    Jul 8, 2017 at 11:58 am
    Hon'le Supreme Court's intervention in engineering counselling process, at a stage when most of the engg colleges incl. Private ones have already finished the process, is disturbing, though in right direction Hopefully, while delivering final verdict, it will consider the factors as to what happens to the student who opted for not wasting time on ambiguous questions, knowing that wrong answer will lead to (-ve) score. Of course, better choice is to leave such questions, don't waste time in attempting these concentrate on others. What happens to JEE Adv as revised Main Score may see a student falling below cutoff but he/she has already appeared cleared Advance and vice-versa. Someone might have decided to withdraw seats from other private engineering colleges which conduct their own test, a decision based on earlier JEE Main result. Will they also be asked to go for admission rounds again? lt's really a sorry state of affairs where students continue to have anxious moments
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      Aman Raj
      Jul 8, 2017 at 6:36 am
      This step is too late.. by the way who knows, the guy might not have attempted the question because he suspected it to be wrong! There was no guideline given to the students for such questions, if they need to attempt or not, to get the bonus mark... So it's a tie.. and both of them gets bonus mark. Cheers
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        neha kumari
        Jul 4, 2017 at 6:18 pm
        As rank lists are already published and 1st round counsllin also held non one can nothing will done atlist one thing it can done is that it made one more attempt for target students
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          Jul 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm
          It is a very good move by someone. I was wondering why anyone has done the same thing so far. It is clearly wrong- the bright students are the main sufferer. Marks vs rank list clearly shows how IIT Madras has taken the level of the entrance test. SC must intervene and direct IIT Madras to cancel the published merit list and publish new merit list without the bonus mark
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