64% Drop In JEE Advanced Qualifiers, MHRD Steps In

New Delhi, June 14, 2018: IIT Kanpur may soon release new cut off and merit list for JEE Advanced 2018. As reported by PTI, against the existing rule wherein the number of candidates in the merit list should be twice the number of seats on offer, this year the number of candidates in the merit list is only 1.6 times the number of seats on offer. MHRD issued directions late last night to IIT Kanpur to release a supplementary merit list.

The direction has been given in order to not compromise with the government’s policy and that all reserved category seats are filled.

HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar also tweeted that it will be made sure that none of the reservation seats go vacant.

The eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced, which was IIT-JEE up until 2012, was revised in 2013 and since then the number of candidates who qualified the exam has alwasy been twice the number of seats available. The number of candidates making it to the merit list is the lowest since 2012.

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The IITs had met on Wednesday to discuss if there were enough candidates available to fill all the seats but had decided not to tweak the cut off marks.

However, after the directive from MHRD, another meeting will be held today. The Joint Admission Board or JAB will have to take a call before registration for online counselling and choice-filling begins this week.

Advanced 2018 results were announced on June 10, 2018. The overall pass percentage in JEE Advanced exam dropped by 64% in comparison to last year. his year the qualifying percentage for female candidates was also less in JEE Advanced.

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