For students who do not make it to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) this year, the next step will not just be an anxious wait for admission to the National Institutes of Technology (NITs).
The NITs will release their rank lists only on July 7, but until then, the students’ anxiety will be compounded by confusion. For, the normalisation scheme announced by the NITs recently is quite complicated.
From this year, all technical institutions, except the IITs, will give 60 per cent weightage to the JEE (Main) scores and 40 per cent to class XII marks. The IITs take into account only their JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced) scores.
For NIT aspirants, the formula is quite complicated, says Rama Narasimhan, a physics trainer. “There is little chance that students or parents will understand it,” he says.
Crack this: the 40 per cent weightage for board exam marks will be further split in two. Twenty per cent will be the normalised score of the board, taking ranks into consideration, and the other 20 per cent will be taken from the JEE (Main) scores of the particular board’s students.
System favours class XII top scorers
Experts who managed to calculate scores and normalise them based on the formula say the marking system will be beneficial to students who have scored well in their board exams.
K.K. Anand, who runs Smart Coaching Institute, says, a CBSE student who secured 471/500 marks, for instance, may get a percentile of 99, but his JEE score of 230 comes down to 213 after normalisation. On the other hand, a student with 99.9 percentile (485/500 marks) gets 219 marks after normalisation of JEE score though he may have secured just 170 marks. “The second student may end up in a better NIT and a better course,” he says.
The system favours those with good marks in class XII. “Until now, getting into IITs and NITs was solely based on performance in entrance tests,” he said.
Many parents have been seeking clarifications from NITs on the normalisation process.
“The basic eligibility in the JEE (Main) is 113 and the maximum score is 345. Many candidates will have 90-95 per cent in class XII. How they will normalise the marks of lakhs of candidates within this band of 233 points is incomprehensible,” said T. Sundaram, a parent.
The final merit list for JEE (Main) will be published on July 7 after the results of all 29 school boards, including the CBSE, are declared. “Though the formula ensures no single board gets an advantage over others, it will help only if the percentiles of different boards are made public,” says Mr. Narasimhan.
Anxious times ahead
“Till last year, all you had to do was appear for the entrance test, calculate score based on the answer key, compare it with the cut-off marks and make a decision — either to wait for a IIT/NIT seat or take up a management or State-government engineering seat,” said R. Mahesh, another parent.
“My son has been preparing for the past three years. Though he has a very good JEE (Main) score, we are not sure if he will get into NIT-Trichy or Warangal because he has secured just 96 per cent in class XII, he says.
An official from NIT-Rourkela said a committee comprising experts from the Indian Statistical Institute, CBSE and IIT-Kanpur, among others, was formed to normalise the class XII board results and the formula was arrived at after great effort.