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Friday, August 29, 2008

IITs open exam process to students

Snehal Rebello, Hindustan Times; Mumbai, July 31, 2008; First Published: 00:42 IST(31/7/2008); Last Updated: 00:43 IST(31/7/2008)

Results of the IIT’s Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) – one of the most keenly contested examinations in the country – just got more transparent. Taking note of the numerous queries filed under the Right to Information Act (RTI) regarding its admission procedure, IIT Joint Admission Board has decided to release the cut-off scores for individual subjects and different streams on its website.

Applicants can now get to know the cut-off scores in individual subjects like physics, maths or chemistry and also aggregate cut-offs for streams like computer, electronics, mechanical and civil engineering. For the 2007 entrance exam, the institute had posted their question papers and correct answers on their site.

The first detailed score sheets will be released on August 1 at 8 pm on the institute’s website for students who appeared for the 2008 entrance exam. The score sheets will show the opening and closing ranks of different branches for every category, general and reserved.

While last year there were about 40 RTI applications across the seven IITs, IIT-Bombay alone received 15 enquiries.

“Instead of replying to the applications, we decided to be proactive and put the information on our website. This will eliminate 95 per cent of the applications from aggrieved parties,” said N. Venkatramani, JEE chairperson, IIT-Bombay.

“It’s a good move for those applying to the IITs. If the pattern remains the same next year, aspirants can have a benchmark of what their target should be,” said Pritish Kamath, who secured a seat at IIT-B.

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