IITs to admit students with even 6% in entrance exam this year
Unsuccessful endeavors in raising the school education standards for the disadvantaged students
As a response to the unsuccessful endeavors in raising the school education standards for the disadvantaged students, IITs have decided to lower the bar so that students from the weaker sections may have opportunities to study from these leading engineering institutes. To fill the vacant seats, IITs have decided to admit students with scores as low as 31 out of 504 (which is around 6.1%).
Creating of the third category
The JEE (Advanced) 2015 question paper was tougher than the previous year because of the inclusion of subjective questions and higher negative marking scheme. The qualifying bar for the general category was therefore lowered from 35% to 24.5%. The qualifying bar for the reserved categories came down to 12.25%.
Even lowering the bars to 12.25% could not fill the seats. Therefore, IITs will create a third category and will further reduce the qualifying marks to 6.1%. The selected students in this category will be sent for a preparatory course.