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Class 12 results do not matter for admission to IITs this year

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Class 12 results will not matter anymore for those aspiring to make it to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) as the institute has relaxed the admission norms.

The IITs have dropped the Class 12 board examination performance criteria for this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant disruption in the board examinations.

Now, those qualifying in the JEE-advanced will be considered for admission only based on their ranking in the all India merit list.

“Due to the partial cancellation of class 12 exams by several Boards, the joint admission board (of the IITs) has decided to relax the eligibility criteria this time for the JEE (Advanced) 2020 qualified candidates,” Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said on Friday.

Announcing the decision he said JEE (Advanced) qualified candidates who have passed class 12 (board) examinations will now be eligible for admissions irrespective of marks obtained in the board examination.

Earlier general category students needed 75% and SC and ST students 65% in their Class 12 board exams apart from qualifying for JEE (Advanced) to make it to the IITs.