Admission to IITs,NITs,IIITs and other centrally funded technical institutes will take into account Class XII board examination marks from 2013 onwards. All existing entrance exams to these institutes will be replaced with a new common entrance exam to be conducted in two parts JEE Main and JEE advanced.
Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal announced this on Monday,after councils of IIT,NIT and IIIT approved the new format at a meeting in New Delhi.
For two years we have been working on this one nation,one test principle. It has been a unanimous decision and the idea is to reduce mental stress that multiple exams bring,to get focus back on school exams and to reduce institutional discretion and capitation in granting of admissions, Sibal said.
The IIT Councils have also agreed that by 2015 they will move towards a single-level admission process.
The new JEE format: Aspirants for admission to IITs,NITs and IIITs will appear for a single exam to be held in two parts the same day JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Both will be objective tests in multiple-choice format and will be machine graded. While Main will test comprehension,critical thinking and logical reasoning,Advanced segment will test problem-solving in basic science subjects. The Joint Admission Board will release sample questions on the new format well before August this year.
Admission to IITs: It will be a two-level process. Level 1 will involve screening a student for eligibility for admission,to be done on the basis of the score arrived at by adding a studentss Class XII board marks with his score in JEE Main,with 50 per cent weightage given to each. It is expected that some 50,000 students would be screened on the basis of this cumulative score and considered eligible for admission to the 15 IITs. Once found eligible on the basis of this Level 1 score,the IITs will assess a students performance on the JEE Advanced in Level 2. On the basis of JEE Advanced alone,a merit list will be drawn up solely for admission to IITs.
Admission to NIT/IIIT/Centrally Funded Technical Institutes: It will be a single-level system 40 per cent weightage to be given to performance in Class XII Boards (normalised on percentile basis),30 per cent to performance in JEE Main and 30 per cent to JEE Advanced. A combined merit list will then be drawn up for admission.
Beyond IITs and NITs: Gujarat,Maharashtra and Haryana have agreed to use this new common entrance format for determining admissions to engineering courses in state-run technical institutes. The HRD Ministry will take the proposal to all states at the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting slated to be held on June 5 this year to build nationwide consensus. The states will be free to devise their own screening/admission criteria using a combination of JEE Main and Advanced scores as well as Class XII marks.
IIT faculty group registers dissent
The All India IIT Faculty Federation has put on record its dissent on several parts of the new common entrance exam,and urged that any changes to IIT entrance should only be introduced in 2014. It has pointed out that five of the seven IIT Senates want the changes to set in only after 2014 and not 2013,and that their views and autonomy should be respected. They also want that the weightage to Class XII boards be considered stepwise over a period of three years and at no stage exceed 40 per cent. The IIT Senates and the larger IIT community also want the JEE Advanced,that is the final determinant in admission to IITs,to be designed and conducted by IITs alone.