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The new diktat from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) worries 17-year-old Deependra Sharma from Kota, Rajasthan. He enrolled into an IIT-JEE coaching centre in April at Kota, paying Rs 80,000. Now, he is scared if he qualifies at all to be in the top 20th percentile, with his 73 per cent school-leaving marks.
“I am confident that I will secure admission into the NITs and IIITs. But if the qualifying criteria is above 73 per cent, I will not be able to get into the IITs,” he said.
It was decided yesterday that from 2013, students applying to the IITs would have to appear for a Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main. Only the top 150,000 among them would be eligible for taking the JEE-Advanced, a few weeks after the main exam. For final admission to the IITs based on the JEE-Advanced, a student should be ranked among the top 20the percentile of his or her respective Class XII boards. At present, any student scoring at least 60 per cent in the Class XII board examination is eligible to take the IIT entry exam. There are a total of 32 school boards in India, having different patterns of examination and evaluation.
“This new formula might help students get inclined to study the school curriculum. But it will put performance pressure on students and financial pressure on parents. More students will go for private tuition to secure good marks in board exams to qualify for the IITs. The coaching culture will also be in place to prepare students for competitive examination,” said Pramod Maheshwari, CEO, Career Point Infosystems, Kota.
Says Praveen Tyagi, managing director, IITian’s Pace: "Now, a new insecurity will arise in the mind of students. They would not want to take any chances with their board examination. Now they would have to forcibly attend school. If the quality of teaching was good at our schools, students would have never opted for coaching classes."
Adding: “The biggest beneficiaries of this move will be coaching institutes like us.”