JEE (Main) 2021: Centre waives off eligibility criteria of 75% marks in Class 12 exams

Mr. Pokhriyal also declared that the syllabus of JEE and NEET will remain unchanged for 2021.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  19 Jan 2021 10:01 AM GMT
JEE (Main) 2021: Centre waives off eligibility criteria of 75% marks in Class 12 exams

Hyderabad: The ministry of education, on 19 January, announced that it has decided to waive off the eligibility criteria that requires students to obtain 75 per cent marks in class 12 exams for the Joint Entrance Examination (main) for the academic year 2021-2022.

Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal made the announcement while declaring the date of JEE (Advanced) exam on Tuesday.

The admissions to various undergraduate (UG) programmes of the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur (West Bengal), and other Centrally-Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs - excluding IITs) are made on the basis of ranks/merit secured by the candidates in the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

For candidates to qualify for admission in IITs, NITs, IIITs, and such other CFTIs whose admissions are based on the JEE ranks, they should have secured at least 75 per cent marks in class 12 exam or be in the top 20 percentile in the class 12 exam conducted by the respective boards. For SC and ST students, the qualifying marks in class 12 exam is 65 per cent.

Mr. Pokhriyal also declared that the syllabus of JEE and NEET will remain unchanged for 2021. However, unlike previous years, for JEE (Main) 2021 students will be given the choice to answer 75 questions (25 questions each in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics) out of 90 questions. In JEE (Main) 2020, there were 75 questions all of which had to be answered by the candidates.

While the question paper pattern for NEET (UG) 2021 is yet to be announced, in view of the reduction of syllabus by some boards across the country, NEET (UG) 2021 question paper will also have options on the lines of JEE (Main), the minister said.


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