Results for IIT-JEE round one declared; next test on June 2

Engineering aspirants will have to make quicker decisions this year about accepting or foregoing admissions to a particular college.

Premier institutions, including Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) will finalise their admissions only towards the end of June or July, but admissions to State colleges and deemed universities will be over by then.

Nearly 1.5 lakh students across the country, who cleared the cut-off in the main paper of the IIT-Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), results of which were declared on Tuesday, will have to write another test on June 2 – IIT-JEE advanced, which will finally determine their entry to the country’s top engineering colleges.

The results of this second test will only be declared in the last week of June. Those students, who have set their sights on NITs, will have to wait till July 7, when the rank list will be announced and their admission secured.

Nearly 35,200 students in Tamil Nadu took the IIT-JEE mains.

State and deemed universities however, are finishing their admission procedures much faster this year, in order to begin the academic year sooner. While Anna University has decided to finish its first round of counselling in June, deemed universities have said they will close their merit-list admissions by the end of May.

With this difference in schedules, many students said they would rather accept a seat at a private college as it would be safer than waiting for the off chance of getting into an IIT or NIT.

Another issue is the fact that the State rank list, usually released at this time, has not come out this year, leaving students wondering about where they stand, score-wise, compared to students from other States, and if they are eligible for the ‘home State reservation’ quota at NITs.

S. Nagarjun, a parent said, “Since my son has already put in so much effort to clear JEE, both mains and advanced, I won’t force him to get into a State college. But giving the private colleges’ counselling session a miss is not advisable, as JEE advanced can be difficult and students can lose out here. I may have to shell out around Rs. 30,000 to at least book a seat,” he said.

“Until last year, a student had many options. This time, she has to decide fast and choose carefully, depending on her JEE mains marks, board exam marks, her score in the advanced test and counselling dates of other universities,” said T. Nishant, of coaching centre FITJEE.

The institute had over 10 students who scored top marks at JEE mains.

Even for the top scorers though, there is a struggle ahead. T. Sundar, a high-scoring aspirant said he has been focusing on JEE advanced alone, as it is a six-hour test, and the syllabus was vast.

The most worried lot however, are students who have secured between 150 and 220 on JEE mains. “The eligibility score is supposed to be 113. Ideally, I would like to get into one of the NITs, but without knowing the State rank, it is very difficult to know where I stand,” said Krunal Patel, a student who has scored 190.

CBSE officials said a rank list would have to collate students’ performances in board exams and JEE mains, and that could only be done once all the boards released their class XII results.

“Since JEE 2013 is, for the first time, linked with class XII results, the slight delay when compared to last year is inevitable but does some good, as students are expected to make mature decisions,” said dean, Sastra University, S. Vaidhyasubramaniam.