As per the initial information of 7 state boards across India, the cut-offs required to reach the top 20 percentile (a mandatory provision to be eligible for IITJEE 2013) will differ for various boards.
A West Bengal board student will require only 58% to be eligible to appear for the IIT-JEE 2013 whereas a student from Tamil Nadu Class XII board will have to secure 78% to get through the cut-off.
The new IIT-JEE pattern will comprise of 2 exams – Mains and Advanced.
The final all India rank will be based on the performance of students in advanced exam, provided he/she belongs to the top 20 percentile of respective state board. Till now the eligibility criteria to take IITJEE exam was 60% in Class XII board exam.
This year if a student wants to get through the top 20 percentile mark, they would be required to score 77.8% in CBSE board, 67.5% in Karnataka, 78.1% in Tamil Nadu board, 64% in Madhya Pradesh, 65% in Uttar Pradesh and only 58% in West Bengal board Class XII exam.
These percentage cut-offs will be applicable only general category students.
For reserved category students seeking to appear for IITJEE 2013, the cut-offs would be less. Soon a separate cut-off list would be compiled for reserved categories.
The COBSE (Council of Boards of School Education), which prepared the data this year, has asked all state boards to upload their percentage figures on their websites soon.
Once the percentage to qualify for IITs is made clear to students, they can start their preparation accordingly. There will be only minor changes in this percentage every year.
From 2013 onwards, the figures would vary around this data. So that an IIT aspirant is aware of how much he/she should score in the class XII board exams.
Source: Hindustan Times
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