Around 43000 candidate have cracked the JEE advance exam out of about 150000 aspirants sat for the exam.
The cut-off marks qualifying students for admission in the IITs this year are marking a new low till now. Every year, the IITs prescribe an aggregate cut-off of 35 per cent for the general category, followed by 31.5 per cent for the OBC and EWS students, and 17.5 per cent for the SC and ST students.
Following that, general candidate need to obtain 10% in individual paper, OBC and EWS 9% and 5%for SC/STs.
The IITs have reduced the aggregate cut-off for the general category to 17.5 per cent, compared to 25 per cent in the last two years, and the subject cut-off to 5 per cent.
The aggregate cut-off for the OBC and EWS students is 15.75 per cent, far lower than the last two years’ 22.5 per cent. For the SCs and STs, the aggregate cut-off is 8.75 per cent, against the last two years’ 12.5 per cent. The subject cut-offs for these categories too have been halved.
“The aggregate cut-off is usually lowered to ensure seats are not left vacant. But I don’t remember the subject cut-off being ever reduced,” former IIT-JEE chairman H.C. Gupta said.
The number of seats probably rose from 13000 to 16053. The JEE Advanced chairman Sidharth Pandey from IIT Delhi, said that about 3,000 seats had been increased to accommodate the EWS quota and the 20 per cent supernumerary seats for women students.