The state board is waiting for CBSE to calculate the cutoff score for students to be eligible to appear for the joint entrance (JEE) test to make it to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). The JEE will be conducted on June 2 and the board has less than 48 hours to announce the top 20 percentile of candidates who can appear for it.
With the two-tier exam process, students who have qualified in JEE (Main) will be eligible to appear for JEE (Advanced) provided they fall in the Top 20 percentile in their respective boards.
The JEE (Advanced) exam to be held on June 2. The board will factor in the HSC scores announced on Thursday and work out a formula provided by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), that conducts JEE, to announce the cutoff score at the earliest. Once the HSC scores and marks obtained in JEE (Main) are combined, the top 1.5 lakh students (who have cleared the mains) will be announced as eligible to appear for JEE - advance.
It is for the first time that Class XII scores will be given 40% weightage for JEE.
State board chairman Sarjerao Jadhav, said, "After the results were declared, we had a word with the CBSE official and we are now waiting for directions from them. They will work out the percentile for state board candidates which will be communicated to students at the earliest."
Jadhav said, "Students will be selected for the IITs not just on the basis of their rank in the advance test but also their board marks. For this, students will have to be in the top 20 percentile of the state board."
Officials said they are trying to resolve a technical issue with CBSE in deciding the cut-offs of reserved category students. "The state's and the centre's list of reservations are not the same. We have communicated this to the CBSE and we are trying to figure a way out to resolve this issue," said Jadhav.
Students, however, are not impressed with the board's explanation. "These issues should have been sorted out before the results were out. Class XII students have already gone through a lot of stress during exams and admission this year," said a parent. Sakshi Agarwal, a science student, said that most students who are really aiming at IIT will fall in the above 80% bracket. "The cutoff score is essential for those who might fall in the borderline," she added.
The percentile system has been introduced by the CBSE in order to bring parity with all boards so that no one is discriminated during admissions.
On Monday, when the CBSE results were declared, the board announced its cutoff score as 78.2% for candidates to be eligible for the JEE - advance. The results of JEE - Advance will be declared on June 23.