JoSAA 2017 Counselling for IIT Admission Suspended: Supreme Court

Jul 2017 Source: MOTACHASHMA

JoSAA 2017 Counselling (JEE Advanced 2017) Suspended till further orders by the Supreme Court of India. The stay to the counselling procedure of JoSAA has been amended after the multiple petitions are being filed against the "18 Marks Policy" which was included in the scene by the IIT Delhi. The counselling process of JoSAA is suspended by the apex court until the final hearing of the decision which is scheduled on 10 July 2017. JoSAA Counselling is conducted for the admission to the IITs, NITs, IIEST, IIITs and Other-GFTIs.

Until now, Around 1.7 lakh students had registered for the JEE-Advanced examination in 2017 and 1.6 lakh appeared for the test. 50,455 students were declared to have qualified and they are vying for 11,032 seats across 23 IITs. IIT Madras also came up with their plea to not to scrap the 18 marks policy as there are already 29425 seats are allotted to the students and the process of the document verification is also completed. The JoSAA counselling shows up the given notification on their official website.

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What happened with JoSAA 2017 Counselling, Why everyone is filing petitions?

After the encounters with the multiple petitions on IIT Madras and 18 grace marks, there are multiple controversies. The IIT Madras has awarded 18 Marks (11 marks for incorrect questions in Paper II and 7 marks for incorrect questions in Paper I) to the students after there were ambiguous questions in the question paper. As a result, many of the students were unsatisfied of the policy and two of them filed the petition to revise the merit list instead of giving the bonus marks to the students as the ranks are adversely affected by the practice taken up by the IIT Madras.

Petition - IIT-Madras decision to award 18 bonus marks to all the candidates appearing for the examination (11 marks for incorrect questions in Paper II and 7 marks for incorrect questions in Paper I) irrespective of whether or not those candidates even attempted to answer the said questions is clearly arbitrary and violative of the rights of the candidates who successfully solved the said questions.

Senior advocate Sushma Suri and lawyer D K Devesh, appearing for aggrieved students came up with these facts to the apex court,

  • Awarding bonus marks to all the candidates, irrespective of whether they attempted the questions or not, was arbitrary and violative of their fundamental rights.
  • There were the wrong questions in the 1 set only out of the 10 sets of the question papers and it was wrong on the part of exam organising committee to award bonus marks to all students.
  • They told the bench that the decision to grant bonus mark to all was in violation of the earlier order of apex court which had held that bonus mark could be given only those examinees who attempted the question.

 After hearing to the petition, the court issued a notice to the Centre and  IIT Madras to file a response within a week. IIT Madras came up with the plea to not to scrap the decision as there are already 30,000 allocations are completed and it would affect the admission procedure of 36,000 students and the whole counselling procedure will be disturbed.

An affidavit filed as a response by IIT Madras - It is respectfully submitted that the relief is entirely against equity since the process of seat allocation is going on and 29425 candidates have already accepted the allotted seats and reported for physical verification of documents ... It is submitted that in case the ongoing counselling and admission process is disturbed, the admission procedure of more than 36,000 students in 97 institutes under the joint seat allocation programme for IITs, NIITs, IIITs and GFTIs (Government-Funded Technical Institutions) would be scrapped.


Students response on suspending JoSAA 2017 Counselling

This is the hard time for the JEE Advanced qualified candidates as anything could be the decision of the apex court, students from both the sides, ones who are allotted seats in JoSAA Counselling and ones who were yet to apply for the next rounds of the JoSAA Counselling. The students who were allotted the seat in IIT Madras shows the disappointment on the decision of the Supreme Court to put a stay on JoSAA Counselling.

  • "I did not attempt the wrong mathematics question because I knew it was wrong. I spent two minutes on questions within that section but I spent five minutes trying to solve that one wrong question. I couldn't get the answer. I knew there was something wrong but since there were negative two marks on the question, I did not answer it. However, that doesn't mean I didn't attempt it," the student said.
  •  "For the passage in Physics, I knew there was something wrong after I had had a look at the questions below. I realised that there was no information given and it was a three-mark question. There could have been a very long method to an answer but that would have taken a while which meant missing out on solving other questions. I even attempted to solve the question using the long method but stopped because of time constraints. I didn't write a random answer like many of my friends because I knew the question was incomplete." A Student admitted to IIT Bombay.

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