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How does Board Percentage affect your JEE Main Rank?

As we grow, our parents keep telling us the importance of marks that we score in school. Initially, we are told that class 10 marks are the most important since they decide what stream we might get in the next standard. Once we pass that hurdle, we are continuously pressurized on performing our best in class 11 and 12; since these are meant to decide the college we are going to get admitted in. After clearing 12th, with flying colors we still have to pull up our socks and work hard to clear the entrance exams. Once these exams are passed and the results are out, that’s when the struggle ends; at least for a short period of time.

Our parents push us to make us give our 100%. Actually, the only marks that matter the most are those scored in class 12. Because these decide the college we are going to get; which in turn forms the roots of our career. The college that we are going to get in limits the companies that we might get placed in. For instance, if you manage to get into the IIMs, better companies are going to visit your campus in comparison with a private institution. Even the entrance exams consider board percentage. The most talked about entrance examination, JEE seems like a nightmare to the aspirants. If you too are an aspirant of JEE, following is all you need to know about-

  • The exam is conducted in two modes which are online (computer based mode) and offline (pen and paper based mode). Before filling the application form candidates must satisfy themselves with the eligibility criteria that they are eligible for the paper which they are applying for.
  • Candidates whose date of birth falls on or after 1st October, 1992 (for general and OBC candidate) are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates appearing for JEE Main 2017 must have passed class 12th with Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics in order to apply. However For admission to IITs, NITs, IIITs & CFTIs candidates must have secured at least 75% in their class 12th board exams (65% for SC/ST students). No board marks will be taken into account for calculating JEE Main score from the year 2017 onwards.
  • Candidates who have passed 12th class or equivalent exam in 2015 or 2016 (not before 2015) are eligible to apply for this exam.

JEE Main is an exam of true grit and knowledge based on hard workship. It not only tests your patience, concepts and ability to manage time effectively but also the consistency over a year or two. A good rank in JEE Mains can be grabbed by balancing a good score in JEE Mains along with a fairly good percentage in Boards. Kapil Sibbal’s decision, saying that Class 12 board percentage will be taken into account for calculating ranks in the JEE Main, which is the gateway for admission into National Institutes of Technology (NITs) from the 2012-13, seems not to produce promising reactions today.

The marks scored in JEE Mains paper are allotted 60% weightage in the final percentile score. The rest 40% is allotted for your board marks. The percentile is calculated relative to the number of students who attempted the exam. This final percentile score made up from JEE Main score and Board marks is used to calculate the All India Rank. Moreover a percentile score (around 110/360 for Open category) was set as a benchmark to attempt JEE Advance.

According to the existing policy, 60% weightage of JEE Mains score + 40% of Normalized Board exam marks is equal to Final AIR in JEE Main. This change in the pattern has made JEE Main a preliminary examination for JEE Advance; the epitome of competitive exams for admissions undergraduate courses in engineering.

40% of anything is significant. If your performance wasn’t as expected, a Solid performance in boards (above 95%) can help a lot. However it works both ways, if you score 200+ in JEE Mains but score around 90% in CBSE Board you can end up with a 10-15K AIR. The weightage was given so that students don’t take boards lightly. But in a lot of cases it has led to decrease thought process among aspirants as most of their time is utilized memorizing NCERT syllabus.

Thus, from now on only scoring high in JEE Main is not enough, you need to have Class XII board marks good, so that your JEE Main AIR can go higher. To calculate your JEE Main rank, follow these steps-

  1. JEE Main marks scored by a candidate = A
  2. Aggregate marks in Class XII board (basis a list of five subjects meeting the JEE Main 2016 Eligibility Criteria) = B
  3. Convert marks into percentile by formulaJEE Main 2016 aggregate marks corresponding to Percentile (P) at the All-India level = B1
  4. JEE Main 2016 aggregate marks corresponding to Percentile (P) at particular board level = B2
  5. Computation of normalized Class XII board score of the candidate:
  6. Bfinal = 0.5 * (B1 + B2)
  7. Calculation of the composite score for JEE Main 2016 Merit List:
  8. C = 0.6 * A + 0.4 * Bfinal

This composite score forms the basis for the JEE Main 2016 Merit Ranks.

News has it that CBSE wants to revamp the whole policy from 2017. The new policy does away with the weightage of board percentage you score. But still from 2017, students who score board percentage above 75 will only be eligible for the exam, rest all system of evaluation will be same.

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