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JEE Advanced: Lower cut-off scores to fill vacant seats

Last Updated - September 07, 2016

Indian Institute of Technology Council, which is also known as IIT council has decided to cut down its cut-off score to fill up the vacant seats. JEE Advance cutoff scores have been lowered in the past two years to fill the seats in country's top notch engineering institutes. This is acting as a consequence of IIT Council, which has decided to escalate the seat intake in IITs from 70,000 to 1, 00,000 for upcoming three years. IITs are even allowing day scholars to study at the institutes.

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Out of the score of 372 in JEE Advanced, the student (Unreserved Category) who has scored even 75, will get the admission in any of 23 IIT's and for reserved category candidates, even 38 marks will be sufficient to secure a seat in any of IITs.

JEE Advanced is the second phase for admission into 17 IITs and Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. Around 2 Lakh candidates have appears for JEE Advanced every year. Through JEE Advanced, a candidate can get admission in bachelor's, Integrated Master's and Dual degree programs in the IITs and Indian School of mines. In order to appear for JEE Advanced, it is mandatory for candidates to take up JEE Mains, so that they can ensure a seat at an IIT.

Analysis of the situation

1. Due to the lowing of JEE advance score, some questions has been raised on the academic quality of education of IITs.

2. The amount of difficulty level in JEE advance question paper is also discouraging the students to take up the exam.

3. Negative marking in the question paper has also resulted in the shortfall of candidates.

4. There will be no compromise in the quality of education as the teaching-learning process will remain as intense as before.

5. As according to former IIT director, government needs to improve the quality of education at school level, so that candidates appearing for JEE advanced won't require that much of relaxation.

Comparative Analysis of JEE Advance Cutoff list of 2015 and 2014.

Cut-off list indicates the minimum marks in aggregate for the process of admission for candidates. Aspirants who clears the cut-off score, stands eligible for JEE advance admission process in different IITs.

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Below we are providing JEE advance cut-off for year 2016 and 2015, to get an idea about the lowering of score bar to increase the seat intake by IITs.

JEE Advanced Cut-off 2016

RANK LISTMinimum Percentage in each subjectMinimum Percentage of aggregate Marks
Common Rank List10.035.0
OBC-NCL Rank List9.031.50
SC Rank List5.017.50
ST Rank List5.017.50
PwD Rank List5.017.50
OBC-NCL-PwD Rank List5.017.50
Preparatory course Rank Lists2.58.75

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JEE Advanced Cut-off 2015

RANK LISTMinimum Percentage in each subjectMinimum Percentage of aggregate Marks
Common Rank List7.024.5
OBC-NCL Rank List6.3022.5
SC Rank List3.5012.25
ST Rank List3.5012.5
PwD Rank List3.5012.5
OBC-NCL-PwD Rank List3.5012.5
Preparatory course Rank Lists1.756.125

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A new category- 'Preparatory'

Last year a new category, called Preparatory has been introduced by the IITs to increase the student count for admissions. This was introduced because IITs were unable to fill the vacant seats. Basically, under preparatory category, students scoring as low as 5% marks can get an opportunity for admission through JEE advanced. Candidates under this category would be given proper grounding in gaining conceptual understanding and after getting completely trained, they get eligible to join the next batch.

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Preparatory course enables students to get coaching for a period of one year in subjects like physics, mathematics and chemistry for candidates under reserved category.  Three to five induction programmes are introduced by IIT council to help students for acquiring admissions in IITs through JEE Advance.  

JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria

Only Top 2 Lakh candidates who qualified for JEE Mains will be eligible for JEE Advanced exam. Following is a prescribed criteria for candidates of different categories:

  • An aspirant should be among top 2,00,000 (all categories included) in JEE Main 2016.
  • The candidate should have appeared in Class 12 or equivalent examination for the first time in either 2015 or 2016 in all the subjects.
  • The candidate should be born on or after October 1, 1991. For SC/ ST candidates there is a relaxation of 5 years so a candidate must be born on or after October 1, 1986.
  • An aspirant can sit for at most 2 attempts and that too only for 2 consecutive years.
  • Candidate should have appeared for Class 12 examination in year 2015 or 2016 not before that.

The candidate should NOT have taken admission (irrespective of whether he/she continued in the program) OR even accepted admission by paying admission fee at any of the IITs or ISM in the past. Even candidates whose admission was cancelled are not eligible.

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