In a crucial meeting held on Monday, Aug 26, the IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) agreed to follow the same IIT Joint Entrance Examination pattern in 2014. This decision was taken after a thorough review of the two-tier examination which was implemented this year. The Board has decided to go ahead with the same pattern next year for a closer assessment of the examination.
The Joint Entrance Examination for IIT 2014 was also discussed in the meeting and tentative dates were decided for JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Possible dates for IIT-JEE Main and IIT-JEE Advanced next year are April 6 and May 25, respectively.
Earlier, reports suggested that the pattern might be modified along with the eligibility criteria for admission to IITs. Other reports revealed that some of the IIT directors met with the HRD Minister, M Pallam Raju in New Delhi last week, to discuss the current admission procedure. A proposal was made to ease percentile cut-offs for admission in the IITs.
With cut-offs over 90 per cent in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, students had a tough time contending with such high cut-offs. IIT aspirants from Kerala and those studying under national boards like CBSE, also felt the pinch as cut-offs were considerably high.
The Joint Admission Board for IIT comprises heads of the different campuses of the Indian Institute of Technology. According to sources, JAB decided to maintain status quo because of the legal challenges they may have to face. The IIT council is scheduled to meet on Sept 3. For further discussion on the matter, the JAB is expected to meet at the Kharagpur IIT on Sept 15.
In the meantime, students appearing for the examination next year, can breathe easy and follow the same pattern for JEE IIT 2014.