In 2012, Ministry of HRD simplified the engineering admission process by introducing further changes:
- There will be two exams, the JEE (Main) followed by the JEE (Advanced) in 2013
- JEE (Main) will be equivalent to AIEEE (for admission in colleges other than IITs). It will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
- JEE (Advanced) will be equivalent to the IITJEE (for admission in IITs). It will be held by the IITs.
- Admission to IITs will be based on the rank in the JEE (Advanced) exam.
- Only top 150,000 candidates (including all categories) from the JEE (Main) will be qualified to appear in the JEE (Advanced) examination. However, only students who are among the top 20 percent in their respective boards will be considered eligible.
Before 2006, the IITJEE 2nd stage examination (Mains) was of much higher difficulty level than Class XI/XII. Students had to prepare for IIT JEE with the help of coaching classes. Class XI/XII students could not cope up with the dual pressure of school and ‘IIT JEE coaching’. As a result, students started neglected their school studies in trying to keep up their preparation for IITJEE. This caused irreparable damage to their careers. In IITJEE 2006, JAB made the changes in the pattern to deal with these problems.
|New IITJEE Pattern||Old IITJEE Pattern|
|1||Single Stage||Two Stages – Screening & Mains|
|2||Objective type only||1st Stage: Objective2nd Stage: Descriptive|
|3||2 tests of 3 hours each||1st Stage: Single test (3 hours)2nd Stage: 3 subject tests (2 hours each)|
|4||Only 2 attempts allowed||Multiple attempts allowed|
|5||Closer to Class XI and XII in difficulty||Much more difficult that XI and XII|
These efforts were fairly successful.
- Most students now prepare along with Class XI – XII. Students cant afford to neglect school studies or drop an year.
- Now, almost 70% of the students who get through, are 1st timers.
However, a large number of students were still traveling to destinations like Kota, Delhi etc. to join coaching classes. School studies were still getting neglected as their was no direct linkage of school performance with admission to engineering colleges.