Panel discussion on NITs and IITs, that was held in The Hindu office in Begumpet on May 30, evoked a strong response from the students who posted questions on The Hindu Hyderabad’s facebook page for clarifications. Because of the paucity of time, the panel did not deliberate on some of these questions during the session. These queries were later clarified by Venkata Ramana, Head of Academics - JEE, T.I.M.E., Hyderabad. Following are the excerpts from the questions asked by the students and the answers given by Mr. Ramana.

Are only second year Inter marks considered for weightage or both first and second year marks will be taken into consideration for 40 per cent weightage for 2014 Mains and Advanced.

Is 2014 Advanced paper going to be subjective type?

There is no clarity on selection process for 2014 and advanced paper will not be subjective.

Are both 11th and 12th class marks considered for calculating 40 per cent marks in JEE Mains?

No, only class 12th marks will be considered.

Can one slide to their desired branch in NITs after the 1st year into engineering. Is it recommended to do that?

One has to be a topper in his branch to be able to get a chance to slide.

I qualified to write JEE Advanced-2013 but can not take admission in IITs in the top 20 percentile of my board. I had done JEE Mains to the best of my capability. Is it advisable to take long term for all other exams but IIT a suitable option for me?

Waiting for one full year may not be a good idea.

I got 160 marks in JEE Mains and 97.5% in Inter II year?

With these marks, there are chances of getting seat in one of the NITs, but you may not get into NIT Warangal

I want to B. Arch and am expecting 250+ marks in JEE MAINS (paper-2). Can I get in any NITs with these marks? How can I get admission for B. Arch in IITs? Is there a separate examination?

You have a chance of getting into NITs. IITs admit students to B. Arch based on an aptitude test. This test will be conducted by Zonal IITs on June 28 and registration can be done between June 24 and 26.

I scored 132 marks in JEE (Mains) and have 91 per cent in 12th class. Can I get admission in NITs and if so which course and place can I get admission.

You have a chance of getting a seat in NITs if you are from CBSE. But you may not get placed in top NITs.

Will the ranks be given to all those who appeared for JEE Mains? How would we know the chance of getting into the top NIT's based on this rank?

Ranks may not be given to all students. There will be separate ranking for admission into IITs and Non IITs. Some students may feature in both the rank lists. Based on last year counselling data, students who secured a rank below 5,000 will get a seat in top NITs.

A rule, that a candidate can not hold both NIT and IIT seats at the same time, is coming into effect. How is this expected to work? Will both IIT and NIT counselling happen simultaneously?

Counselling dates IITs and NITs have not been announced yet. The results for IITs will be declared on June 23 and for NITs on July 7. Counselling may not happen simultaneously but there might be a provision to transfer the admission either way.

I got JEE mains score of 136 and my board percentage in Andhra Pradesh board is 96.7% what is my expected rank? Do I have a chance of getting into NITs or IIITs?

You have a chance of getting into NITs but you may not get into top ones.

Are NITs and IITs safe for girls?

Security in IITs and NITs will be good enough even for a girl student.