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Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) | IIT-K to adopt common entrance test as 'interim measure'

Published On: 30 Jul 2012 | Last Updated On: 28 Aug 2012

The IIT-K senate on July 28, 2012 suggested few changes to the two-tier exam format proposed under the compromise formula by the IIT Council on June 27, 2012. The senate decided that students who have passed their class XII board exams in 2012 need not meet the 20 percentile criteria. The decision has given rise to a new row over IIT entrance test 2013.

Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) has decided to adopt common entrance test on the basis of percentile ranking as an ‘interim measure’ just for 2013 and retain the current eligibility criteria for students who qualified class XII board exams in 2012.

For the years following 2013, it has proposed to form a senate committee which will examine all features of the admission process and suggest recommendations.

Moreover, it stated that the number of candidates to be shortlisted for the JEE Advanced exam in 2013 as per the new format should depend on the nature of the exam. Under the new two-tier format, nearly 1.5 lakh students would be screened for the JEE advanced test.

The nature of the test (subjective/objective) will be decided in JAB (Joint Admission Board) meeting likely to take place soon. IIT-K will then decide on the number of students to be shortlisted for JEE-Advanced.

In a meeting held on Saturday, July 28, 2012, the institute decided to accept the proposed two-tier exam format as an interim measure for JEE 2013 in order to subside the doubts of the students.

The meeting was held to study the IIT Council’s decision of June 27, 2012 where a compromise formula was agreed upon for admission to BTech/BE programs on the basis of percentile ranking of students in respective board exams.

The IIT-K senate agreed that students who have cleared their class XII board exams in 2012 should not be disturbed with the new two-tier format and allowed to take the exams as per the current eligibility criteria in 2013 too. Under the existing format, students are allowed to take two attempts to crack IITJEE.

Source: Economic Times

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