The Union Human Resources and Development said on Thursday that aspirates seeking Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for premier engineering institutes from 2017 will be required to score at least 75 per cent in their Class 12 board exams.
Meanwhile, class XII marks will not be a factor for determining rankings in JEE for admissions to engineering undergraduate courses from next academic session.
“To qualify for appearing in exam, students need to have at least 75 per cent marks or be in top 20 percentile in Class XII examination. SC, ST students should have 65 per cent marks. "All other JEE examination systems shall remain unchanged," the official said adding that Class XII scores will be a crucial parameter only for determining the eligibility criteria for the exam.
The Committee of Eminent Persons had submitted its report on November 5. Its recommendations were aimed at weaning IIT aspirants away from the dependence on coaching institutes.
The Ministry had put the Committee's recommendations in the public domain for wide consultations and decided that the JEE 2016 be conducted in the manner it was held in 2015, with an enhanced intake from 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh in the JEE (Advanced) stage.
The Ministry also announced a new fee structure for undergraduate courses in IITs, which has upset aspirants from middle-class. The government has increased the annual fee from Rs 90,000 to 2 Lakh, which is a 122 per cent hike, from upcoming academic session.
The HRD Ministry, meanwhile, has also decided to give a total fee waiver for the differently-abled, and students from SC and ST community and those belonging to families with annual income less than Rs 1 lakh, officials in the Ministry said.
Students from families with annual income of below Rs 5 lakh will also be entitled to a waiver of two-third amount. Rest of the students who do not fall under any category will be facilitated interest-free loans, the officials said.
(With inputs from Agencies)