IITs to lower its cut off marks to 75 for the General Category and 38 for the Reserve Category. The decision to lower the cut-off marks is due to the huge number of vacant seats in the IITs. In the year 2016, there were 76 vacancies in the IITs. Over the years, India’s Premier Institutes that the IITs has seen a massive downfall in the number of students getting admission to IITs due to difficult entrance exam papers apart from negative marking and high cut-offs.
The IITs finally decided to lower its cut off marks to fill as many students as they can including the day scholars. The vacant seats in IITs resulted in the waste of institutional resources. One of the Director of IITs said that IITs teaching programme is very much penetrating for the students even those who come up with a low rank in JEE turns out to be a genius after they pass the B.Tech Programme.
New Changes to be made:
- After the meeting of the IIT Council, the Council decided to enrol more students by increasing it to 1 Lakh from 70 thousand.
- In the year 2016, 36,566 candidates qualified JEE Advanced out of 1,47,678 students.
A former IIT director said that the government need to improve the education at the school level so that the students appearing in the examination does not require such relaxation.
“The teaching-learning process at IITs is intense, and many students who come with low ranks in JEE turn out as ‘gems’ when they pass out of the B Tech programme,” an IIT Director said. He further added that there is no dilution of standard in the IITs on account of the lowering of the cut-off marks.
However, some are of the view that lowering the cut-off marks has raised a fear that it can downgrade the educational quality of the IITs. But to clear this doubt IIT Roorkee has set an example in the academic year 2015 by expelling 11 B.Tech students due to poor academic performances and 72 students for the academic record. The students were however readmitted.