With the new common entrance test (JEE) for IITs, XII board marks will play a very important role in selection process. As we earlier posted, only top 20 percentile will be eligible for JEE advanced. And the rank in JEE advanced will be used to select students for IITs.
There are 29 education boards in India. Till date, all boards used to provide percentage marks in 12th board. But now with this added criteria for percentile score, boards will have to provide additional data. They will have to publish percentile score of all the students for 12th board exam.
Not only this, the percentage cut off will vary drastically for different boards. The number of students in each board also varies. There are boards like CBSE with lot more students than some smaller state boards.
This has also led to confusion among students because as of now they have no clue what percentage marks would be required to get through 80 percentile cut-off. So far, the eligibility criterion for IITs was that a student should score a minimum of 60%. Now this percentage score will vary across boards. For instance, check out the 80 percentile cutoff for 12th marks of some of the boards for year 2012 below.
|Board||12th marks percentage for top 20 percentile|
Source: Hindustan times
As we can see, these vary drastically. What do you think? Are you happy or sad with this new criteria?