JEE Advanced: IIT eligibility norms relaxed, 75% in 10+2 exams not required

The central government has relaxed eligibility norms for admission into prestigious IITs for this year 2020.

It has scrapped the 75% minimum qualifying marks norm in 10+2 exams to be eligible for admissions into IITs.

Students were required to secure 75% marks in 10+2 exams or ranked in the top-20 percentile in 10+2 exams all these years to be eligible to join IITs even after securing good rank in JEE Advanced.

A student, even if he topped JEE Advanced but failed to secured 75% marks in 10+2 was not eligible to join IITs all these years.

But the central government has decided to abolish this rule for this year.

UMHRD minister Pokhriyal made this announcement to this effect on Friday, July 17, 2020 through Twitter.

The minister tweeted, “For admissions to IITs, apart from qualifying the JEE (Advanced), the eligibility was to secure either a minimum score of 75% marks in class XII Board exams or rank among the top 20 percentile in their qualifying examinations. Due to the partial cancellation of class XII exams by several Boards, Joint Admission Board (JAB) has decided to relax the eligibility criterion for JEE (Advanced) 2020 qualified candidates this time.”

“Qualified candidates who have passed class XII examinations will now be eligible for admissions irrespective of marks obtained,” he further added.

Joint Entrance Examination, or JEE, Advanced, is an entrance examination conducted for admission to various undergraduate Engineering, Science and Architecture courses in 23 IITs. Applicants have to qualify the JEE Main first.