For IIT and NIT admissions in JEE 2023, a relaxation of the 75% rule will be granted to the top 20 percentile of students from each board.

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In response to the demands from the applicants, the Ministry of Education has decided that the top 20% of students from each educational board will be allowed to apply to IITs and NITs and take the JEE Advanced exam, even if they have not obtained 75% in their Class 12 examinations.

The Ministry has concluded that the 20 percentile criteria should be used for those students who are not able to obtain 75 percent marks or 350 marks in their class 12 boards. A source revealed that the decision was taken following an extensive debate as many of the top 20 percent of candidates in various state boards get marks below 75 percent.

Registration for the inaugural edition of JEE-Main will close on January 12th with the exam taking place from the 24th to the 31st. According to the JEE (Main) 2023 information bulletin, admission to BE/BTech/ BArch/BPlanning programmes at NITs, IIITs, and CFTs through the Central Seat Allocation Board will be based on All India Rank coupled with the requirement of a minimum of 75% in class 12 board exams.

For Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe candidates, the qualifying aggregate is 65 per cent in class 12 board exams. The eligibility criteria was kept in abeyance during the pandemic (2020, 2021 and 2022).

Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday refused to defer the JEE Mains examination scheduled later this month. A division bench of Chief Justice S V Gangapurwala and Justice Sandeep Marne held that it would not be appropriate to postpone the pan-India examination in response to a Public Interest Litigation as it would affect lakhs of IIT aspirants.

Anubha Sahai, a child rights activist, launched a Public Interest Litigation in order to reschedule the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains. This petition contested the National Testing Agency’s (NTA) announcement of setting the exam date for January 24 to 31, 2023.

Mayank Tewari

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