Will it be the end of Andhra Pradesh’s dominance of prestigious IITs, IIITs, NITs etc., from this year? Experts say that with the replacement of AIEEE, IIT-JEE with JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced) and the introduction of the new selection procedure for IITs, the number of students from AP making it to these prestigious institutions will come down drastically this year. AP students have been securing nearly 30 per cent of seats in prestigious national institutes for the last few years. Experts say it would be good news if just 10 per cent of state students make it to the selection list this year. All these years, students with just 60 per cent marks in 10+2 were eligible to appear directly for IIT-JEE. This is not the case any more. They must now first appear for JEE (Main) and be ranked am-ong the top-1,50,000.
This alone will not be enough. These top-1.5 lakh rankers must also figure in the top-10 percentile list in 10+2 board exams. Only students meeting both these conditions will be allowed to appear for JEE (Advanced), for admission to IITs. “This will be the bone of contention. For AP students, to figure in the top-20 percentile list, they must secure over 85 per cent marks in 10+2, the highest cut-off in the country. In the case of Tamil Nadu, it is 78 per cent, Karnataka 67 per cent and Maharashtra 61 per cent. The impact of these will be known only after the declaration of eligibility list for JEE (Advanced),” said M. Srikanth, director, Delta IIT Academy. However, experts believe that though the new pattern may cause trouble for AP students initially, the problem will be overcome. “We have to welcome the reforms aimed at giving priority to board exams. Otherwise, students who focus only on IIT coaching get selected for IITs, bringing down the quality of students at IITs,” said Prof R.V. Raja Kumar, vice-chancellor, RGUKT.