Basic Information About the IITs and their Joint Entrance Exam
The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are the most prestigious institutes in India that offer engineering and technological education of internationally recognized standard of excellence. The IITs offer courses at their Mumbai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Rourke campuses and also at the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi and Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.
From the year 2008 onwards, eight new IITs have been set up across the country by the Union HRD Ministry. These new IITs are located in the states of Rajasthan (Jodhpur), Bihar (Patna), Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad), Himachal Pradesh (Mendi), Orissa (Bhubaneshwar), Madhya Pradesh (Indore), Gujarat (Gandhinagar) and Punjab, which has increased the total number of IITs to 15.
Students coming out of the IITs are known to have acquired professional excellence in life. Be it a matter of getting admissions for further studies in most prestigious Universities abroad, or getting employment in any reputed organizations in the world, IITians are always in top demand.
The IIT JEE
Every year, the IITs conduct a Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) to select candidates for the 4-year B.Tech, Pharm, 5-year B.Arch., Integrated M.Sc. and M.Tech. Courses.
Pattern of the IIT JEE
At present, the IIT JEE is a single – stage objective type examination consisting of two papers of three hours duration each to test comprehension & analytical ability of candidates. Both papers, Paper-1 and Paper-2 will each have three separate sections on Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics.
All questions will be of Objective Type, designed to test aptitude, comprehension and analytical ability of the candidates
Eligibility for the IIT JEE
Candidates appearing in (10+2) or equivalent qualifying examination, must secure at least 60 % (55% for SC/ST and PD) marks in aggregate in their respective Board Examination.
A student can have only two attempts to write the JEE in the year in which he or she passes the XII standard examination and/or in the following year.
Candidates who join any of the IITs, IT-BHU, Varanasi, and ISM, Dhanbad through JEE will not be permitted to appear for JEE in future
New selection process of IITs
One entrance exam for admission to IITs, NITs and IIITs
The new JEE will consist of 2 Tests viz.. Main Test and Advanced Test which will test problem solving ability in basic science subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Both Tests will be of 3 hours duration each.
Only the Top 1,50,000 candidates (including all categories) based on performance in JEE (Mains) will qualify to appear in the JEE (Advanced) examination, which will rank candidates for admissions to IITs, provided the candidates are among the top 20% high scorers of their respective boards in class XII examination.
As the above selection pattern gives a substantial importance to the Std. XII Board marks, it is very essential that every student prepares well not only for the proposed JEE, but for Std. XII also.