IIT aspirants must get 80 to 85 pc in class XII

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New Delhi, Oct 20: The government has appointed a committee of IIT directors to suggest the revised entrance system under which class XII marks will be given importance along with the entrance marks.

Speaking to reporters here, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said, "The present criteria is that students need to secure 60 per cent at class XII for appearing in IIT-JEE. This is not acceptable. The minimum marks required for IIT-JEE could be raised up to 80 to 85 per cent."

According to Sibal, the move is aimed at ensuring that students take their class XII seriously and checking the growth of coaching centres, which are thriving on imparting coaching to students for IIT entrance.

Sibal said a three-member committee has been set up to look into the curriculum and submit its report within three months, suggesting required changes.

The IIT-JEE system was revised three years ago when the eligibility criteria was raised to 60 percent at class XII level for appearing in the entrance.

IIT-Delhi professor M Balakrishnan said,"This proposal has been mooted for almost a year now. There is talk in the ministry and among IITs to take such a decision soon."

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