The state board has announced its cut-off marks for top 20 percentile of students who will be eligible for admissions into Indian Institutes of Technology (if they have qualified in IIT Advanced).
Once again, the cut-off for Other Backward Classes (OBC) has been registered at 362 marks which is one mark higher than the Open category marks. The swell in the 90 per cent club in standard XII has also led to an increase of about 18 marks in the general and OBC cut-off marks.
Last year, the general category cut-off marks was 343 while the OBC cut-off was 344. However, the cut-offs for SC, ST and PwD stood at 343, 340 and 340 as compared to last year’s 326, 323 and 323, respectively.
“For candidates to qualify for the admission in the IITs/NITs/IIITs and such other CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institutes) whose admissions are based on the JEE (Advanced)/JEE (Main) ranks, they should have secured at least 75% marks in the standard XII examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the examination conducted by the respective boards. For SC/ST students, the qualifying marks would be 65% in the examination,” the official website of Joint Entrance Examination said.
Durgesh Mangeshkar, founder of IITians Prashikshan Kendra, said the higher marks is probably due to the lesser number of students in the OBC category. “The top 20 percentile roughly means that 80% of the students who appeared for the standard XII exam conducted by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education have their percentage lesser than these students. Now, if the total number of students in OBC category is less, its top 20 percentile will also be less and hence the cut-off marks will be higher.”
There was a 43% increase in the number of students scoring above 90% in Maharashtra this year as last year the number was 3,819 compared to this year’s 5,486. Out of the total of 14,16,986 students who appeared for the examination, 12,52,817 students passed. There was a jump in students getting distinction this year especially in the science stream as last year the number was 8,405 which increased to 12,784 this year.
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