State boards to speed up work for IIT aspirants

The equivalent percentage of marks for top 20 percentile holders of different school boards will be worked out by the respective state secondary school boards and made public within 10 days to help students know if they have qualified for admission to the IITs.

An unanimous decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) here on Thursday.

This followed the IIT council’s decision on Wednesday that only top 20 percentile holders in their respective school boards will be entitled for admissions to the IITs on the basis of their final all India ranking in the joint entrance examination (JEE) to be conducted in 2013.

 Of the 29 member state boards of secondary education, 20 participated in the meeting. The members supported the idea of giving weightage to Class-XII board results. They were of the view that this will “definitely” strengthen school education.

All school boards agreed to provide “secured and category-wise” data of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, OBCs, and general candidates. Those who have appeared in Class-XII board examination in 2012, will be allowed to re-appear in all the five subjects, taken into consideration for admission to engineering courses to improve their scores.

The state school boards also agreed to declare their results before June 10 and complete the revaluation work by June 30 every year. If need be, priority will be given to revaluation of results of those students who are appearing for the professional examinations.

COBSE also agreed to have a common question format in Class-XI and Class-XII board examination from 2013 and 2014 respectively. This means that all boards will allocate same marks for different format of questions.

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