The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) has decided to relax the requirement of min 75% in class 12 exams because of partial cancellation of exams by various boards due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' announced on Friday. JEE-Mains is a qualifying test for JEE-Advanced, conducted for admission to engineering colleges across the country.
"Due to the partial cancellation of class 12 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 12 examinations will now be eligible for admissions irrespective of marks obtained," the Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' said in a series of tweets.
For admissions to IITs, apart from qualifying the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Advanced, the candidates are required to secure either minimum 75 percent marks in class 12 board exams or rank among the top 20 percentile in their qualifying examinations.
Class 12 exams, including the CBSE and CISCE, canceled their remaining class 10 and class 12 exams amid increasing concerns over student safety because of the rise in COVID-19 cases.
The Class 12 Exam Results have announced using alternative assessment schemes based on performance in exams already conducted or internal assessment.
The JEE Mains examination will now be held from September 1-6, while JEE Advanced, written by the top 2,50,000 candidates from JEE Main, is scheduled to be held on September 27.
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