IIT-JEE (Indian Institute of Technology- Joint Entrance Exam) cut-off for eligibility for students from backward communities like Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes have been bought down to 65 per cent from 70 per cent last year as per the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) statement. This would mean that students from the said categories would need to score 65 per cent in their class XII exams. For other candidates the class XII cut off would stand at 75 per cent or the top 20 percentile whichever is the highest. Around the country, the National Institutes of Technology (NIT), National Institutes of Information Technology (NIIT) and above 90 Indian Institutes of Technology(IITs) have their joint admissions conducted by the JoSAA. As per the words of a JoSAA 2017 member, the 20 percentile criteria has to be retained as the top scorers studied under different state boards have not scored above 75 per cent. This was the main reason behind bringing down the cut-off percentile for the SC/ST categories.
On January 29th the first meeting of this year was conducted at IIT Madras. The officials from the Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE), IIT Guwahati, IIT Delhi, Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT) Jaipur, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and 23 state education boards had attended the meeting along with the members of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) and JoSAA. As per the words of an official, decision has been arrived at that by June 10 this year, all the state boards would publish their top 20 percentile cut-off marks. The JoSAA in collaboration with The National Informatics Center would jointly conduct the seat allocation to the institutes between June-July 2017. The JoSAA would dispatch a short format to all boards to provide the necessary cut offs in a timely manner.
From December 1, the registrations for JEE (Main) 2017 had started for the year. Also a notification released in November had made the Aadhaar number mandatory for appearing in the exam. The MHRD had clearly stated that the class XII marks will not be the determining factor of JEE rankings to grant admissions for engineering courses at the undergraduate level. The IIT Council submitted recommendations on changes to JEE pattern made the ministry to take this decision. On April 2, 2017, the JEE (Main) exam will be held across the country.