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IIT relaxes admission criteria for students amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Joint Admission Board has decided to relax the eligibility criteria for admissions to IITs due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation and cancellation of Class XII exams by several education Boards. The candidates who will clear the JEE Advanced will be eligible for admission to IITs irrespective of their class 12 marks.

Union HRD Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal announced on twitter that “Due to the partial cancellation of class XII exams by several Boards, Joint Admission Board (JAB) has decided to relax the eligibility criterion for JEE (Advanced), 2020 qualified candidates, this time.”

He further tweeted that “Qualified candidates who have passed class XII examinations will now be eligible for admissions irrespective of marks obtained.”

Earlier, only students who scored a minimum 75 percent marks in the Class 12 board exams or ranked in the top 20 percentile in their qualifying examinations were eligible. For the SC/ ST the candidates should have at least 65% or fulfill the top 20 percentile requirement.

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