NITs adopt CET: 40% for boards,60% for JEE Main

NITs adopt CET: 40% for boards,60% for JEE Main

NIT aspirants will now not be required to appear for JEE Advanced.

Adopting the Common Entrance Exam,the NIT Council on Wednesday decided to give 40 per cent weightage to Class XII board scores and 60 per cent weightage to performance in JEE Main in determining admissions.

NIT aspirants will now not be required to appear for JEE Advanced as was originally planned and will appear for a single test — JEE Main. The 40:60 weightage formula will come into effect from 2013.

The new admission format will determine admissions to 30 NITs which enrol over 20,000 students. While CBSE will handle the administrative part of organising the JEE Main,IITs,NITs and states will work on the academic aspect of the exam. A meeting of IITs will be called to revise their admission format.

This marks a change from the decision taken at the May 28 joint council meeting wherein NITs had decided to accord 40 per cent weightage to board scores and 30 per cent each to performance in JEE Main and JEE Advanced. However,following the IIT Council’s new decision dated June 27 to hold JEE Advanced on a separate date to draw up an IIT merit list,the NIT Council met on Wednesday to revise its proposal.


The Council has decided to set up a committee with NIT Directors on board to look into the issues relating to normalisation of Class XII Board marks on percentile basis. This group will coordinate with the Indian Statistical Institute,Chennai Mathematical Institute and Indian Institute of Science,Bangalore,to work on normalisation across school boards.

The IIT Council on June 27 decided that while Class XII board marks will be used as a cut-off for screening students for eligibility of admission to IITs,an IIT aspirant will have to be in the top 20 percentile of his board to make it to IITs. It is,however,JEE Advanced — a test that will be conducted and managed by IITs alone and held on a separate date from JEE Main — that will decide the IIT merit list. This new admission format will come into effect in 2013. JEE Main will serve to screen the top 1.5 lakh students who will appear for the JEE Advanced.