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NEW DELHI: Relaxing the eligibility for the Joint Entrance Examination – (Main JEE-Main) and JEE (Advanced), the ministry of education (MoE) decided that apart from those scoring 75% and above in aggregate in Class XII Boards, the top 20 percentile of each education Board will also be eligible for to take the exams as well as seek admissions in the IITs and NITs on Tuesday. The online registration for for the JEE (Main) January session will end on January 12.
The JEE (Main) dates for the January and April exams were announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on December 15, 2023. The January exams are scheduled between January 24 and 31. As per the JEE (Main) 2023 information bulletin, admission to BE/ BTech / BArch / BPlanning programmes in the NITs, IIITs, and CFT via central seat allocation board will be based on all India rank with the additional eligibility of at least 75% in aggregate in the Class XII examination conducted by the respective education Boards. For the SC/ ST Candidates the qualifying aggregate is 65% in the Class XII Board exams. The eligibility criteria was kept in abeyance during the pandemic (2020, 2021 and 2022).
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) urged the NTA to revise the JEE Main 2023 examination dates. Aspirants too started demanding withdrawal of the eligibility criteria along with postponement of the dates on Twitter.
A PIL was also filed by activist Anubha Srivastava Sahai at the Bombay High Court to defer the entrance test till April, 2023 and to remove 75% marks requirement for JEE based engineering admission at government institutions. While the HC on Tuesday refused to postpone the exam, regarding the 75% criteria the Court has decided to consider it on February 21.
Following the representations from the candidates to the MoE on Tuesday, union education minister intervened and in a meeting decided also to include the 20 percentile criteria as eligibility so that those candidates who might have missed the 75% eligibility can also take the exam and the subsequent admission process.
“The 20 percentile criteria will help those candidates who are short of 75% aggregate in their Class XII Boards. Discussions were held and since many of the top 20 percentile candidates in a number of State Boards score below 75% marks or 350 marks, the ministry decided that if a candidate is in the top 20 percentile he/ she is eligible,” said a senior ministry official.





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