IITs will now give the admission to the students who scored 6 percent in the JEE Advanced-2015. This is happened as around 600 students aspiring to opt for engineering did not select an IIT seat despite clearing the JEE Advanced-2015 exam. Due to this unexpected move by the students, the IITs are now likely to lower the bar for admissions in order to include people from the weaker sections of the society. It might be possible that the IITs will now admit the students with scores as low as 31 out of 504, or with a percentage of 6.1 so as to fill the vacant seats.
The standard of the JEE Advanced-2015 paper was considered very tough and the use of negative marking made it very difficult for the students to clear the cut-off in JEE Advanced-2015. IITs had to therefore lower the cut-off bar for the students to qualify the exam. In the general category the cut off bar is lowered from 35 percent to 24.5 percent and for the reserved categories, the percentage is reduced to 12.25 percent.
Another category is being proposed for students who will be sent for a preparatory course provided they've got at least 6.1 percent. The IITs, have introduced a new type of course in which the students are required to go through a one year long preparatory course and after that one year the students will get absorbed into the B. Tech programmes of the IITs. The students have already admitted in the preparatory programme across 18 institutes.
The a drastic downfall in the trend since last year, as last year, a student had to be in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards to be eligible for an IIT seat. This year, the IITs relaxed the criteria by allowing students who had scored at least 75 percent in Class 12 or were in the top 20 percentile of the board.