Mumbai, Jun 8: The joint entrance examination (JEE) merit lists released by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) for the academic year 2010 have unveiled a slight increase in the cut off marks across all categories.
While the qualifying score in the open category has gone up from 2009's 178 to 190 in 2010, the merit list cut-off climbed up by 10 marks from 2009"s 161 to 171 in 2010 for the Other Backward Categories (OBCs).
Coming to the reserved category candidates, which includes students from Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) as well as candidates with Physical Disabilities (PD), the cut off has gone up by 2 per cent from 2009's 18 per cent, accounting for marks of 89/480, to 20 per cent, accounting for marks of 95/480 for the current academic year.
Even though the subject wise cut-offs are low as always, there is a increase in the cut-off marks nevertheless. For open category, the cut off marks for Chemistry and Physics has been risen to 19 and the cut off for Mathematics is 17. In 2009, 11 had been the cut off for Chemistry and Mathematics while for Physics it was 8.
In the SC/ST/PD category, the cut-offs have been risen to 10 for Physics and Chemistry and 9 for Mathematics as opposed to the cut-off of six (Chemistry and Mathematics) and four (Physics) in 2009.
The cut-off marks are the initial filters for admissions into the prestigious IITs.