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Oct 20, 2009 at 12:08pm IST

12th score to decide IIT selection: Govt

New Delhi: Union Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal is on a mission to make major changes into the country's education system.

On Monday, the government decided to factor in 12th boards score in the Joint Entrance Examination or JEE for IIT selection at the IIT Council meeting.

"There are too many coaching institutes which are mushrooming across the country and we are going to evolve a system through which weightage will be given to class 12th examination," said Sibal.

Through the new system the government decides to give 50 per cent weightage to 12th boards so that out of every 100 marks in JEE, 50 will depend on the board score.

So a student getting 90 per cent in 12th means 45 marks out of 100 at the outset itself in the JEE. However, a final formula will be fixed by a committee set up by the ministry.

Currently, an IIT aspirant is bound by a broad eligibility criteria wherein a general category student has to secure at least 60 per cent marks in 12th to appear in the JEE.

Meanwhile, there is some relaxation for reserved category student and secondly the student should have pursued physics, mathematics and chemistry on 11th and 12th standards.

The eligibility criteria is also being planned to increase from 60 per cent but it would be done in terms of percentile so the relatively tough state board students do not stand to lose out and the new proposal are likely to be implemented from 2010.

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