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How will the decision to remove 75% eligibility criteria help the students?

Recently it has come to attention that the NTA has removed the 75% eligibility criteria for appearing in JEE Main 2022. This tells us that the students securing less than 75% in their boards are also eligible to write JEE Main 2022 compared to previous years where 75% was the benchmark to sit in the JEE Mains. This rule gave countless headaches to candidates who had to study hard for their board exam as well as for JEE. This news has come to the relief of many students who were having issues with their preparation for JEE Main 2022. Now, students will have ample time to practice and revise their syllabus while giving less focus on the 12th board examination.

What was the 75% Criteria for JEE Main 2022?

As per this criteria, only those JEE Main qualifiers were eligible to get admission in NITs, IIITs, and CFTIs who fulfilled any of the subsequent condition(s):

  1. Must secure more than 75% marks in the qualifying exam.
  2. Must be among the top 20 percentiles of their respective school board.

This criterion was never meant for JEE Main exam but to get admitted in NITs, CFTIs, and IIITs. In the recently released information brochure of the JEE Main exam, this criteria is not mentioned. Hence, it has been removed.

Why 75% Criteria for JEE Main 2022 is Removed?

NTA removed this norm in 2020, due to the pandemic hitting the nation hard. Due to COVID, the classes were conducted online and the students were under bad mental health or stress to focus on the exam. Hence, this criteria has been removed to reduce the mental burden on candidates.

Actual JEE Main 2022 Eligibility Criteria

The actual eligibility criteria of JEE Main 2022 is as follows:

  • There is no age limit.
  • The candidate should have passed 10+2 or equivalent.
  • The 10+2 / equivalent should have been passed within the years 2020, 2021, or 2022.

JEE Main 2022 NITs, CFTIs, IIITs Eligibility Requirements

The latest admission criteria for NITs, CFTIs, IIITs B.Tech / B.E and B.Arch / B.Plan admission are given below:

  • Candidate must qualify JEE Main 2022.
  • Candidates must have had these subject combinations in the qualifying 12th board exam:
CourseRequired Conditions based on Class 12/ Equivalent qualifying Examination
B.E/B.TechPassed qualifying examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects alongside one of the Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/ Technical Vocational subjects
B.ArchPassed qualifying examination with Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
B.PlanPassed qualifying examination with Mathematics
  • Important note for Architecture candidates: To get admitted to the B.Arch exam, the candidate must have scored 50% marks in PCM in 10+2. For B.Plan admission, candidates must have secured 50% marks as aggregate and 50% marks in Maths.

Due to JEE Main paper being based on your arithmetic and understanding of the subject type of paper one needed ample time to prepare for JEE. With ample preparation time, it helped the students to gain an upper hand in cracking the paper. 75% eligibility criteria caused hindrances in the preparation process of the students. They had to give an equal share of time for preparing for boards and JEE because if they do not secure 75% in their boards then giving JEE would be worthless as it would not allow them to take admission in any NITs, IIITs and CFITs. Due to this, the students had to study all the unnecessary theoretical parts of the subjects which could be skipped had the eligibility criteria not been there in the first place. Less time was given in solving the higher level of questions for practice. Studying is good for understanding the subjects but to crack the toughest exam available you have to go beyond the syllabus and prepare for problems requiring higher comprehensive skills. With the eligibility criteria, gone candidates can now focus on the other reference books rather than their textbooks.

With less pressure and added time candidates can achieve great heights in the coming JEE examination. This news also keeps the candidates always in a cool head as the mental pressure will now be on preparing for JEE than boards. They can easily prepare for JEE without any added mental pressure or hassle.

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