Two Lakh students to sit for JEE Advanced from 2016

Sep 2015 Source: MOTACHASHMA

From the year 2016 onwards JEE Apex Board has proposed to INCREASE THE QUOTA of the number of candidates appearing in JEE Advanced from 1.5 Lakh to 2 Lakh. JEE Apex Board has also asked the IIT Council which is chaired by the union Minister of HRD Mrs. Smriti Irani and all the directors of IITs are its members to once again merge the existing two-tier admission system into one, exclusively for the IIT aspirants. Further the need of conducting more counselling rounds was also raised by JAB if additional ranks are offered

When was the meeting conducted?

The meeting was conducted on September 27, 2015 at IIT Guwahati. One of the member of the JAB said, “"Till this year, the top 1.5 lakh students from JEE (main) could sit for IIT-JEE (advanced) and around 10,000 ranks were awarded to fill up seats in the IITs across the country.” 

Record of past three years

Further he added, "The number of seats available at the IITs has increased considerably as new IITs have also come into existence. But, over the past three years, only 1.5 lakh students could make it to the IIT-JEE (advanced) examination which is conducted by the IITs. We wanted to ensure that more students could take the competitive examination as seats have remained vacant even this year."

In the upcoming year, eighteen IITs will take students on the basis of JEE Advanced Examinations as compared to last year in during which only three counselling rounds were conducted.  As per the reports in the present year at IIT-Kharagpur, around 30 seats remained empty across all the faculties. Taking into account all the IITs, the number is around 200. One of the Senior IIT Official was if the view, "The vacant seats include even those where students had paid the fees and taken admission but did not turn up.”

Single Entrance Examination for admission to IIT's

"The HRD ministry is keen to hold a single entry admission test for all the engineering colleges. The IITs want their own entrance examination which will be conducted by each IIT in rotation from each of the seven zones. The two-tier admission system may remain in place till 2016. From 2017 onwards a change is likely to take place in the admission  to the country's premier institution. The final call will be taken by the IIT Council subsequently," said the JAB member. 

A senior IIT faculty member while laying emphasis over the higher-education institutes find the two-step entrance examination cumbersome, said "The nature of examination where 10,000 students are selected and the nature of examination from which few lakh students are selected can't be the same. There has to be a difference between the admission test conducted for the IITs and other engineering colleges. All IIT aspirants have to mandatorily appear inJEE Main examination from where the shortlisting is done for IIT-JEE (advanced). We want an examination exclusively for the IITs.” Further he added, "At the moment, cumbersome process leads to a waste of time that could be a reason why some IIT seats remain vacant. It also puts a lot of stress on candidates who have to hold their concentration for over a month from appearing in JEE Main to conducting the IIT-JEE Advanced.” 

Only about 1.25 lakh of the 1.5 lakh eligible candidates now take the JEE Advanced exam. So, if the ceiling is raised to 2 lakh, about 1.6 lakh may take the test said an IIT director.

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