50% weightage to Std XII marks for new JEE exam : Maharashtra - EDU

50% weightage to Std XII marks for new JEE exam : Maharashtra

The state government has decided to give 50% weightage to Std XII marks for admissions to undergraduate engineering course.

The decision taken in a cabinet meeting, and also confirmed speculations that the state will be part of the new Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) from the 2014-15 academic session.

This means that the new system is applicable to students who will appear for their Std XII board exams in the summer of 2014.

The new examination has been bifurcated in two parts - JEE (Main), the exam for which every candidate seeking admission to the engineering stream will appear, and JEE (Advance), for those seeking admissions to the prestigious IITs.

Maharashtra government has declared that marks scored in Std XII (regardless of board) shall be normalized using the system created by Indian Statistical Institute.

Merit rankings shall be prepared by giving 50-50 per cent weightage to JEE (Main) and Std XII marks. The good news for the students is that only their physics, chemistry and mathematics (PCM) marks will be counted for the 50% weightage from Std XII. Many students were worried that if other subjects, like languages, were considered then their ranking would have dropped.

The government also decided to upgrade its Std XII syllabus from next year itself to align itself with JEE. This would mean yet another curriculum rejig even before the latest one has taken shape.

The state board had changed its Std XII syllabus in the current academic session to bring it on par with that of CBSE. Now the new cabinet decision means again going back to the drawing board. This would make the current books being published, totally obsolete.

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