NEW DELHI: The top 20 percentile students of each education board will be eligible to seek admission in Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) and National Institute of Technologies (NITs) and appear for JEE Advanced even if they have not scored 75% marks in 12th standard, a Ministry of Education source said.
The National Testing Agency (NTA), which conducts the exam, has issued information in this regard.
The NTA said that students who qualify through JEE Main for admission to NITs, IIITs and CFTIs will need to secure 75% marks in 12th or be in the top-20 percentile of their respective boards.
“The 20 percentile criteria will help those candidates who are short of 75% aggregate in their class 12 boards. Discussions were held and since many of the top 20 percentile candidates in a number of state boards score below 75% marks or 350 marks, the ministry decided that if a candidate is in the top 20 percentile he or she is eligible,” a source said.
For SC/ST candidates, it will be necessary to bring 65% marks in 12th.
The online registration for the first edition of JEE-Main will end on January 12. The exam will be conducted between January 24 and 31.