The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advanced is one of the most coveted tests for admission in engineering courses across the country. This year, a total of 150838 students had appeared for the JEE Advanced, of which, 43204 cleared the exam to compete for a total of 16053seats available in 23 IITs. However, more students had appeared for JEE Advanced 2019 as compared to this year, but lesser candidates could qualify it. Of the 161319 JEE Advanced applicants in 2019, only 38705 could qualify the exam.
The number of JEE Advanced qualifiers is constantly increasing, from 18138 in 2018 to 43204 in 2020. The surge in the number of qualifiers puts forth concerns regarding the exam pattern and if the candidates have cracked the code for acing the JEE Advanced.
IIT Delhi director, V Ramgopal Rao, tells Education Times that the number of qualifiers depends on the cut-off released by the organising institute, which is fairly low this year. “The cut-off depends on the number of students that must qualify for the available seats. If the qualifiers will be very less, then there might not be many takers for certain branches in specific IITs. More number of qualifiers makes sure that no seat is vacant and wasted,” adds Rao.
The general category students qualified the JEE Advanced 2020 with a minimum of 69 marks out of 396. In 2019, the cut-off was a minimum of 93 marks (25%) out of 372 for general category students. For economically weaker sections (EWS) in the general category and the other backward classes (OBC), the cut-off is 62 marks this year as compared to 83 marks in 2019.
The cut-off for students belonging to scheduled caste (SC), scheduled tribe (ST), and persons with disability (PWD) category is a minimum of 34 marks, considerably lower than 46 marks in 2019.
V Jagadeesh Kumar, Dean of Academic Courses, IIT Madras, says that cut-offs keep varying based on the exam difficulty and relative performance of the cohort.
“We like it or not, but coaching has indeed become a crucial aspect of preparation. With COVID-19 pandemic, coaching institutes have been shut which has hampered the performance of the 2020 group. Besides, lower cut-offs help institutes in providing a fair chance to category students and fill up quota seats,” he adds.
Source From : Times Of India