From the academic year 2017, the class XII marks of the students will not affect their Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) rankings. The declaration came from the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry recently, which is expected to bring a sigh of relief for many students who are eying for an engineering seat in a reputed engineering college. From 2017 onwards, the class XII scores will only be required to determine, whether the student is eligible to sit for JEE examination or not.
The decision of the HRD Ministry came as a result on deliberation of the recommendations made by the IIT council committee, with regard to change the present pattern of JEE examination. The recommendations were put into public domain as well, where it was debated and consulted by the stakeholders. According to an official, “After examining the Ashok Mehra Committee’s report and public feedback, the MHRD has decided on a few changes in the JEE pattern for 2017. The present system of allotting 40 percent weightage to Class XII marks for determining ranks in JEE shall be dispensed with. Class XII scores will be crucial parameter only to determine the eligibility criteria for the exam.”
Keeping all the other systems of the JEE examination unchanged , ministry made it clear that the candidates who want to appear for the JEE examinations would have to at least score 75 percent marks or have to be in the top 20 percentile in class XII examination. Those candidates belonging to SC/ST category will have to score minimum 65 percent marks. The committee in November had recommended major changes in the structure of JEE examination. They recommended setting up a National Testing Service to conduct test and shortlist four lakh students for the examination. The recommendations in this regard were also put in the public domain and the MHRD came with a conclusion saying, the JEE 2016 examination will be conducted in the lines of 2015, with no major changes.