Union HRD Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal on Tuesday said that the government has decided to waive off the class 12 board marks as eligibility criteria for JEE Main (2021-22).
The minister announced the decision on Twitter and informed that “Considering the decision taken for IIT JEE(Advanced) and in line with the decision taken for the last academic year, it has been decided to waive off the 75% marks (in class 12 exam) eligibility criteria under Joint Entrance Examination (Main) for the next academic year 2021-2022”.
“In respect of NITs, IIITs, SPAs and other CFTIs, whose admissions are based on JEE (Main)” he further added.
The syllabus for JEE (Main 2021) to remain the same as the previous year. Students will be given choice to answer 75 questions (25 questions each in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics) out of 90 questions (30 questions each in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics). In JEE (Main) 2020, there were 75 questions all of which had to be answered by the candidates (25 questions each in Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics).
Recently the education ministry relaxed the 75 percent eligibility criteria for the JEE Advanced. Earlier, only students who scored a minimum 75 percent marks in the Class 12 board exams were eligible.
The JEE Main is a national level entrance exam for admission to 31 National Institute of Technology (NITs), 25 Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), and 28 Government Funded Technical Institutes.
For admissions to IITs, apart from qualifying the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Advanced, the candidates are required to secure either minimum 75 percent marks in class 12 board exams or rank among the top 20 percentile in their qualifying examinations.
The first edition of the Joint Entrance Examination-Mains (JEE-Mains) will be held from February 23 to 26, followed by rounds in March, April and May.