New Delhi, June 15: The results of one of the most difficult examinations for undergraduate studies- JEE Advanced- have been declared. The JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) was conducted by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee this year for admissions to 23 IITs across the country. What makes the results noteworthy this year is the much larger list of selected candidates- a more than 100% increase over the last year.
38,705 candidates qualify out the 1.61 lakh candidates who sat for the examination
This year, 1.61 lakh candidates had attempted JEE Advanced (after qualifying the first level of JEE Mains) out of which 38, 705 candidates have cleared the examination. Last year, the number was 18, 138. The expanded rank list is due to lowered cut-offs- a move to ensure that more seats are filled up.
Lowering of cut-offs has allowed more students from various categories to qualify for admissions. While the cut-off for the general category was reduced from 35% last year to 25% this year, it was reduced from 17.5% to 12.5% for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST). The cut off for Other Backward Category (OBC) – Non Creamy Layer (NCL) and the newly created Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) was set at 22.5%, down from last year’s 31.67%.
Centre had directed to expand the rank list in order to ensure that more seats at IITs are filled
As per a statement given to Hindustan Times by M.L. Sharma, Chairman- Organising Committee, JEE Advanced 2019, IIT Roorkee, the Centre had directed to have at least twice the number of candidates than the number of seats available in each of the categories. Another reason for including more students in the list was that many reserved-category students were unable to get their caste certificates on time. While many of them requested to extend the date to apply for the examination, they will now have to produce the certificates at the time of counselling.
As per data released by the IIT Roorkee, the percentage of qualifying SC candidates is 34.43%- the highest among all categories. This is followed by the general category with 30.33% clearing the examination. The lowest success rate was that of OBC-NCL candidates with only 13.16% qualifying. The newly formed EWS category had 23.06% of its candidates successful.
Many experts have expressed concerns on the large rank list as it may cause confusions among candidates placed on the lower end of the list. The lower ranking candidates, particularly from the General Category, may not be able to get a final admission in the IITs as it is not likely that such a large number of high ranking candidates leave their seats.
The admission portal of the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) for admissions to IITs will open on Monday.