Students vying for an engineering seat at premier IITs and NITs can heave a sigh of relief! Putting an end to rampant rumours regarding changes in JEE Main 2016 exam pattern, the HRD ministry has recently notified that the coveted engineering entrance exam will continue to give 40% weightage to Board examination marks. Under the existing JEE Mains 2016 Exam pattern, the board marks will be accorded 40% weightage, whereas 60% weightage will be given to the JEE-Main score.
Looking at the lack of time to formulate new exam pattern and implement it in such a short time span, the ministry reconsidered the option of changing the JEE exam pattern for this year. In addition to this, changing the JEE Main exam pattern last minute would also mean that students will have to rework their JEE preparation strategy in order to accommodate the newly introduced provisions.
The main cause of rumours was a report of a sub-committee of the National Institutes of Technology (NIT), which recommended changes in the existing structure of the JEE. The committee had recommended that the Class 12 / 10+2 Board marks should not be taken into account for admission to NITs. According to HRD officials, the ministry has formed another committee to look into the recommendations of NIT committee and formulate an executable plan for changes in JEE Main exam pattern, to be introduced from 2017.