There has been a sharp jump of 79% in the number of students scoring in the hundredth percentile of the Joint Entrance Examination (Main), or JEE (Main), results released on Saturday.
In JEE (Main) held last year, 43 students, including one woman, scored the highest marks as compared to 24 students. This also means that the cut-off for JEE (Advanced), which is the qualifying exam for admission to premier Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) colleges, will rise sharply.
A percentile represents a student’s relative performance – being in the hundredth percentile means they were actually better than 100% of the others (this number is likely to be exactly one minute decimal point away from 100).
“The 100 percentile score depends on the number of shifts in which the exam is conducted. For each innings, the highest scorer’s score will be in the 100th percentile. But as there is no change in the number of shifts this year as compared to last year, it clearly shows that this time more students per shift scored higher marks. This indicates that the students were well prepared this time and have come out of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Vineet Joshi, Director General, NTA.
JEE (Main) is a computerized exam conducted in two sessions: the first between January 24 and February 2 and the second between April 6 and April 15. In the first session, 20 students scored in the 100th percentile.
Overall, a little less than 1.7 million students took the exam and of these, 250,255 are now eligible to take the JEE (Advanced) exam.
The combined results of both the sessions were declared on Saturday. For those students who appeared in both, the better of the scores will be taken into account.
Officials referred to the trend as a sign of a return to “normalcy,” but the performance was even higher than pre-pandemic levels, when 24 candidates scored in the hundredth percentile — but here, a caveat applies. Is. Joshi said, “If we compare with 2019, the major reason for the increase in the number of top scorers is the significant increase in the number of shifts.”
In 2021, 44 students scored in the 100th percentile as the JEE (Main) exam was conducted four times to give more opportunities to students in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials cited the same reason – more number of shifts – as the reason for the increase in the number of top scorers at that time as well. The agency went back to season two last year.
JEE (Main) is conducted for admission to various engineering courses including National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other centrally funded technical colleges.
It also serves as the base qualifying bar for JEE (Advanced), the registration process for which will begin on Sunday. Only those candidates who meet NTA’s cut-off for JEE (Advanced) examination on the basis of their JEE (Main) performance can appear for the examination.
“With the increase in the number of top scorers the competition for IITs increases. Hence, JEE (Advanced) cut-off is witnessing a jump this year.
The qualifying percentile for JEE (Advanced) for unreserved category has increased from 88.4 percentile last year to 90.7 percentile this year. Similarly, the cut-off for Other Backward Classes-Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) increased from 67 per cent to 73.6 per cent; For Economically Weaker Section (EWS) candidates, it has increased from 63.1 to 75.6; 43 to 51.9 for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates; And for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, it has increased from 26.7 per cent last year to 37.23 this year.
Except for the unreserved category, the JEE (Advanced) cut-off for all others remained lower than the pre-pandemic level. For example, in 2019, the qualifying percentile for OBC-NCL category was 74.3 and for SC it was 54.
According to the NTA, of the 43 candidates who scored in the 100th percentile, 11 are from Telangana, five each from Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan, four from Uttar Pradesh, three each from Gujarat and Karnataka, two each from Maharashtra and Delhi. and one each from Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Bihar and Kerala
Ridhi Kamlesh Kumar Maheshwari from Karnataka was the only woman candidate to score 100th percentile this year.
Of the 43 candidates who scored in the 100th percentile, seven are from the OBC-NCL category, three from the EWS category and one from the SC category. No ST and PWD category students scored in the highest band.
Overall, this year JEE (Main) exam saw an attendance of 94.83% from the students who registered for the exam.
The NTA, which conducts the exam, said it has withheld the results of 15 candidates for using unfair means.
The exam was conducted at 457 test centers in 325 cities, including Manama, Brasilia, Toronto, Beijing, Paris, Berlin, Doha, Dubai, Sharjah, Kathmandu, Muscat, Oslo, Riyadh, Sharjah, Singapore, Kuwait cities outside India. 23 cities are included. , Kuala Lumpur, Lagos/Abuja, Colombo, Jakarta, Vienna, Moscow, Port Louis/Reddit and Bangkok. The cities of Brasilia, Toronto, Berlin, Paris, Oslo were added for the first time.