As per the new format, IIT council decided that ONLY top 20% students, in their respective class 12th board examination, will be considered for the final merit list prepared for IIT admission. However, the students are confused on the cut-off percentage required to make into the top 20% of their boards. JEEHelpline Team is also receiving a large number of queries on the top 20 percentile marks for different school boards.

We have a good news for all those confused students. In a meeting of school boards across India, Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE) has decided to declared the required percentage that a student need to score to be in the top 20 percentile in his/her class 12th board. As per the rules, the students above these declared cut offs will be eligible to receive a All India Rank (AIR) based on the performance on JEE Advanced examination.

COBSE will display the Top 20 percentile cut off marks by 10 July, 2012 on their website and websites of all school boards. As per a report by HT, COBSE president said “We have decided that within 7-10 days, the state boards will  put on public domain, the percentage required for a child to be in the top 20 percentile. This figure will also be available on the COBSE site”. Once the child knows the percentage, he can prepare for professional entry into IITs accordingly. “There will be just minor variations in this figure every year,” said Joshi, who is also chairman, CBSE.

Many students and parents have raised the question that marking scheme and pattern of board examination are not the same for all school boards in India. This public declaration by different state boards, including CBSE and ICSE, will let them compare the performance and cut off criteria for different boards.

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  • garima pande says:

    if we are not in top 20 percentile students will be elgible for nit..tell me about admission in nit throgh this new format

  • Nilesh says:

    I obtained 79.33 % in board this year iit jee rank is obc4759 .if i have to give exam again this year it is needed to repeat board exam?

  • Mrinal jana says:

    SIR tell me criteria to join IIST(Indian institute of space science & technology) in this new format……..coz i am very much interested to join this collage rather than going to IIT or NIT….and tell me weather the CBSE IMPROVEMENT EXAM MARKS will be counted in 2013 JEE MAIN or not???

  • NoName says:


    Also, would admissions to IIST (2013) take only the rank in Jee-Advanced into consideration?

  • Kriti says:

    Top 20 percentile means top 20% students or top 20% percentages that will be scored?

  • Mohit says:

    Sir what is the cut off % for isc board? And sir in how many subjects can we give reexams?

  • sunil singh says:

    sir tell me hsc rechaking result 2012

  • paryant jani says:

    Hey u posted that it will be on the internet by 10 july than why it’s still not uploaded????

  • Jay yadav says:


    i want to know that improvement in one subject will be sufficient to sit in iseet?as i have to give maths improvement only because scored less in that..or itz compulsory to give all 5…..sir plz reply i am in confuse stage and not able to concentrate..

    thank you

  • pradeep porwal says:

    When 10th JULY 2012 will come & CBSE Board will declare 20 percentile list so that my son will know his status in Class 12th & become tension free & prepare IITJEE 2013.

    Pradeep Porwal

  • sai says:

    is only 12 marks is taken into for qualifing iit jee or both 10+2 for jee 2013 and i got 59.1 percent in mpc for 10+2 and 60 percent in 12 class and i am from andhra pradesh board and did not qualify in iit jee 2012 and i want to attempt for jee 2013 am i eligible for attempting and is there any chance for andhra pradesh board to keep the improvement exam for the year 2013 .please reply to me

  • Rhythm Shahhin says:

    i got 76.5 percentage in Hsc board 2012. i am reappearing for IITJEE in 2013. i want to know whether i am within the top 20 percentile of Hsc. please let me know.

  • Rhythm Shah says:

    i got 76.5 percentage in Hsc board 2012. i am reappearing for IITJEE in 2013. i want to know whether i am within the top 20 percentile of Hsc. please let me know as soon as possible

  • Anand says:

    Guys!!! its almost 22 july!! When will the list be declared??? Frustrating! 🙁

  • kshitij says:

    in the new format of iseet whole marks will be taken or only pcm marks please reply me

  • yogesh narayan mishra says:

    sir i am a student of cbse board.
    please tell me that what is 20% for cbse board student..

  • NoName says:

    Why isn’t the ISC top 20 percentile grade declared yet? It’s 29th July now.

  • amt says:

    sir tell me the top 20% of h.s.c{maharastra} board

  • mohit madan says:

    sir will english and reasoning come in jee mains exam

  • NoName says:

    What the heck is the ISC top 20 percentile mark? It is August 20th today and August 31st is the last date for submission of application for improvement exam.

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