The new batch of students who cleared the Indian Institute of Technologys Joint Entrance Exam (IITJEE) 2012 started classes in IIT-Delhi on Monday.
Approximately 850 students joined the institutes undergraduate courses this year.
More than 4.79 lakh students took the exam for nearly 9,000 seats in the IITs this year. Orientation of the new batch was conducted between July 19 and 21,following which classes began this week.
The students of the current batch,which is the the last batch to take the JEE in its present form (single test with 60 per cent eligibility in board exams),considered themselves lucky to have made it through this year.
Many were elated in having cleared one of the toughest qualifying exams for engineering in the country.
Bio-technology student Rutha Shenoy from Mumbai,who joined IIT on Monday said the marks in Class XII board exams should not be a consideration for entering the IIT system as the JEE is a rigorous test in itself.
I did not score high marks in my board exams,but I managed to get through to IIT-Delhi, she said.
Her coursemate Pihu Yadav from Delhi said a single test with 60 per cent marks for eligibility gives every student a fair chance to qualify for the IIT.
Textile engineering student Aditya Raj from Uttarakhand said in rural areas,where students do not score good marks due to lack of teachers and basic infrastructure,an increase of 20 per cent in the qualifying marks will deny many a chance to study in some of the best institutions in the country.
Our teachers used to tell us to go for tuition and extra classes if we wanted to pass Class XII, Aditya said.
In the new pattern,students with 80 per cent marks in the Class 12 board exams will be eligible for admission to IITs after clearing two exams the JEE main and advanced.
Some freshers,however,countered this view. They said having two qualifying tests will give students a better chance at improving their rank and entering a stream of their choice.
Atul Varma from biochemical engineering said,The new system should not bother the students so much because those who qualify the JEE usually score a decent percentage in their Class XII exams.
Garvid Goyal,also from the department of textile engineering said that no matter how tough or complicated the JEE exam gets,students will strive to get into the IIT system because the quality of the education these institutions are known for.