Thursday, October 20, 2011

Engineering Change: 35% cut-off for entry to IITs, PSUs to recruit on GATE score

Candidates aspiring to crack JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) 2012 will have to score at least 10% marks in each of the three subjects and a minimum aggregate of 35% to figure on the common rank list for admission to IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology). The Joint Admission Board (JAB) of IITs decided to fix the minimum marks required to crack JEE in a meeting on Tuesday. Last time, the minimum qualifying marks in JEE were worked out after calculating the average of marks scored by all the candidates who wrote the exam.

According to JAB, the decision will make the system more transparent while making it easier to set their goals in the examination. "Earlier, the minimum marks required to qualify in JEE varied from year to year as it was calculated as the average performance of everybody who wrote the examination. So, the students did not really know the qualifying marks," said Prof. G.B. Reddy, organizing chairman, JEE 2012. He added, "But now the candidates will have an advantage. They may not be equally good in all subjects. So, they can work towards scoring at least 10% in the subject they are weak at and then work on their strengths." JEE has two sections each having a paper in physics, chemistry and mathematics. Reddy said average score or the qualifying marks was a little over 10% in JEE 2011.

In another major change, the maharatna and the navratna public sector undertakings (PSUs) have decided to recruit fresh graduates of various engineering colleges based on their Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) score from next year's placement season. For example, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), a maharatna company, has written to engineering colleges saying they will recruit candidates based on their GATE score, group discussions and the interview and asked the institutes to encourage students to appear for GATE.

The PSUs say this will make a qualitative difference in the recruitments and that it will set a standardized process, but the engineering institutes are divided over the matter. While confirming recruitments will be based on GATE score, Deepna Mehta, a spokesperson of NTPC, said: "We won't conduct our own exams for recruitment and will rely on GATE score followed by GDs and interviews. Though, for the time being, we will continue our campus visits, it will be restricted. This to encourage recruitments based on GATE score." An HR official of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, a navratna company, said, "Setting eligibility criteria based on GATE score will ensure credibility and give qualitative impetus to the process."

Source: The Times of India, October 20, 2011

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