Yes, this is the final decision made on 27th June. After rejection from IITs, HRD has decided that Class 12th marks will not have any weightage in preparing the merit list for admission to IITs in 2013 and beyond. Inclusion of class 12th marks for merit list and admission to IITs was the primary point of contention between IITs and HRD ministry. Majority of IIT faculty and alumni were against the idea of using class 12th board marks as the quality and assessment of board examinations are not in control of IITs. Also, different board examination in India have different syllabus and difficulty levels. Thus, IITs were not happy with the proposed normalization process suggested by the HRD during their meeting on 28th May.
Earlier, HRD announced that the final merit list for admission to engineering program will be combined scores of Class 12th board examination and common admission test. However, the weightage for common admission test was decided to be as 60%. In that case the board examination marks would have constituted 40% of total score.
Now, class 12th marks will only be used for eligibility criteria for admission to IITs in 2013. Only top 20% students in their board examinations will be eligible for merit list for admission to IITs. However, merit lst will be based on performance in JEE ADVANCED test only.
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