The Joint Entrance Examination JEE (Main) merit list for admission to the undergraduate engineering programmes at NITs, IIITs and other centrally funded technical institutions has shattered the dreams of many youngsters in the State thanks to what they blame the skewed normalisation formula for marks. Like thousands of other aspirants in the country, candidates here have termed the normalisation procedure “unfair, unreasonable, unjust and arbitrary”.

Students pointed out that a candidate with high score in JEE (Main) and not so low percentage in Class XII got a rank much lower than a student who scored less in JEE (Main) but who had a higher percentage in the board exam owing to this unscientific normalisation process.

An aspirant who won 93.4 per cent marks in CBSE Class XII and ranked between 150 and 200 in the JEE-Main recalled that his final rank was above 23,000.

He said that a student (representing the Haryana Board) who secured 92.5 per cent marks and only 124 marks in JEE-Main obtained a rank of 18,000.