IITs bring down cut-off scores for Scheduled Tribe candidates

New Delhi: Keeping in mind the decreasing number of scheduled tribe students in tech colleges, the Indian Institute of Technology has brought down their cut-off scores, reports an English daily.

Earlier, the aggregate marks for ST students was 177 (35%) out of 504 which has been reportedly brought down to 124 now.

The minimum percentage of marks in each subject is 6.30 for OBC and 3.5 for SC/ST candidates, according to the report.

With this revision in cut-off marks, IITs have now managed to fill in the ST candidates seats reserved for them.

After learning that fewer students could cross the bar this year, the JEE (Advanced) board has lowered the qualifying marks criteria for admission in the IITs.

A decision in this regard was taken in a meeting of the JEE (Advanced) board Friday night, five days before the announcement of the result. JEE (Advanced) result is slated to be declared on June 18. The JEE Advanced exam was conducted on May 24, 2015.

Over 10,000 seats are available for admissions this year for various undergraduate courses in 16 IITs and a few other national institutes. Last year, 27,000 candidates had been declared qualified from among 1.5 lakh candidates selected through the JEE (main).

This is for the first time in three years since JEE (main) and advanced have been introduced in India that admission criteria has been tweaked in the middle of the process. Though the authorities say, “The bar was revised in the past as well though people may not be knowing about it as JEE (advanced) format was not in place.”