Due to the shortfall in the count of scheduled tribe students, the Indian Institute of Technology has been forced to re-engineer the qualifying score to join the tech colleges.
The aggregate marks are down from 177 that is 35 percent to 124 or 24.5 percent of 504. The cut-offs for each subject has also be revised from 10 percent to 7 percent.
Across the board the downsizing of qualifying marks has taken place. The minimum percentage of marks for OBC students is 6.30 percent and 3.5 percent for SC/ST candidates.
This has been the first time ever since the Joint Entrance Examination has been redesigned as a two tier qualifying test that the minimum cut-off has been reduced by 30 percent. Those student who score the minimum required marks for both the subject wise cut-off and aggregate cut-off list will be included in the rank list.
After this revision, the IITs have managed to take in more ST candidates than the total seats reserved for them. This ensures that no seat slot goes unfilled.
The JEE chairman said, “There weren’t enough ST students who had qualified. Although we now have more ST students than the seats, not everyone may take admission. They may not be happy with the IIT or the stream allotted. But we surely now have enough ST candidates who have qualified this year.”
The tech schools declared a higher cut-off on June 3. But they changed their decision after compiling all the performances from all the candidates on June 10. The authorities found out that not many of the candidates had qualified for the cut-off. This year there are 10,006 seats in total, out of which 750 seats are reserved for the ST candidates.