A special meeting convened by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) with the Indian Institute of Technologies (IIT) Council to find a solution to the Combined Entrance Test (CET) row ended with a compromise formula on the entrance exams on Wednesday.
At the meeting the directors of all the 15 IITs agreed to implement the new admission format from 2013.
The Council agreed that from 2013 there would be two exams with students with top 20% from various boards taking the main or multiple-choice exam and qualifying to enter the IITs while 50,000 students then would be taking the advanced exam.
The two exams would be held on separate days.
HRD Minister Kapil Sibal skipped the meeting on Wednesday.
Sibal was challenged by the IITs on the issue of exams and threat to their autonomy and the ministry later called the meeting and issued a statement.
"The uncertainty faced by the student community, consequent to the resolutions of the senates of IIT Kanpur and IIT Delhi, requires to be addressed. Consequently, a special meeting of the IIT Council is being convened on 27.6.2012," read the ministry statement on Friday.