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Government Urges IITs to Bring Down JEE Difficulty Level The cut-off was reduced this year as a 1000 seats were going be left vacant due to a short merit list

THE government has written to the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Council to reduce the difficulty level of the Joint Entrance Exams (JEE)-Advanced, a move likely to bring respite to the students preparing for the highly competitive examinations, the Economic Times reported.

This year, the cut-off had to be reduced as a 1000 seats were going be left vacant due to short merit list.  This was expected to hit the minority categories – women and the reserved category candidates – the most.

The IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) had earlier discussed the issue of vacant seats but were reluctant to bring down the cut-off.

In response, the Ministry of Human Resources Development in a letter to the JAB stated that “all the reservation category seats in all disciplines are filled and no vacant seat is left after counseling for admission to IITs.”

As a result, the JAB lowered the cut-off by 10%, which would add 13,000 candidates to the merit list.

Secretary of higher education in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, R Subhramanyam, told ET, “We would like to ask the IIT Council and IITs to examine the modalities and the test design of JEE-Advanced exam keeping in view the poor outcome this year. We feel this (test design) was far beyond the capability of students and this issue needs to be addressed.”

The ministry believes that the current JEE Advanced difficulty level is too high, and thus this issue will be the main agenda for discussion, at the next IIT council meeting to be chaired by the HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar.

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