As the State gets ready to send a huge contingent to the IITs this year, the new developments over admission procedures in the IITs for next year have sent jitters among the aspirants.
The changes in the IIT admission test from next year, approved by the Joint Councils of IITs, NITs and IIITs on Monday, will ensure that 50 per cent weightage is given to the Intermediate examination. This has come as a jolt to the aspirants who have already completed their first year and are into second year.
The worrying factor is that the IIT and NIT spirants in the State hardly focus on the Intermediate course as its marks were irrelevant for admissions all these years. The corporate colleges don't focus on Intermediate course for their IIT and NIT aspirants, unlike the EAMCET where 25 per cent weightage of Intermediate marks is considered. The sudden changes have certainly annoyed the aspirants, who now have to really work hard to fill that gap in the second year.
“We have to change our academic plans now,” admitted a senior IIT trainer at a corporate college. The corporate colleges are tuned to certain mode of training all these years and now it has to change drastically.
“It might impact the results next year as one year has already gone,” said the senior teacher. However, students who finished their Intermediate this year and wish to improve their scores can appear again for the examinations next year.
Another crucial factor is the evaluation mode of Intermediate. The recent Physics episode is obviously playing on the minds of aspirants since even a few marks difference would alter the ranks drastically. But teachers say the normalisation procedure adopted for weightage in such exams will ensure level playing field.
As per the changed procedure the joint entrance examination for admission to the undergraduate programmes in engineering would be conducted in two parts - JEE-Main and JEE-Advanced. For the IITs 50 per cent weightage is given for Intermediate and 50 per cent for the JEE-Main exam. However, for NITs and other centrally funded institutions, the weightage will be 40 per cent for Intermediate and 30 per cent each for JEE- Main and JEE-Advanced.
For entry into IITs, all aspirants have to appear for the main test and the advanced test. The top 50,000 students in the main test will have their advance papers evaluated for IIT merit positions.