Everything about JEE starts getting cool and required when we are on the path. For students in the renowned hubs, IIT is like a dream and the preparation, a necessary ordeal to reach there. In this melancholic melodramatic phase of life, we start worrying about the branches, ranks, cut-offs, preparation modalities and what not. So, this section today shall deal with one of the major worries – the cut-offs, and their technicalities.
As per the JEE Advanced system, Section 21 of Information Brochure states that 10% of marks are required in all the three subjects individually, along with 35% of the total marks for a position in Common Rank List. The OBC-NCL students require 9% of marks for each subject, and overall 31.5%; while, the rest categories require 5% and 17.5% respectively. Though, this is the scheme of distribution of marks, the regular procedure of deciding the cut-offs are done on the basis of the performance of the students in the respective year, and the reduction in the cut-offs for the subjects is usually done to about 50-60% of what they are designated as, with the cut-offs in Mathematics coming down to single digits every other year. Moreover, the aggregate is usually reduced to 25-30% to accommodate for the complexity and the difficulty level of the question paper. In no case, the cut-offs are increased. This ensures a balance for the students at all levels and helps the system in creating an optimized state for the rank lists.
In case of ties, the student with higher marks in Mathematics is awarded a higher rank. In case of a further tie, Physics is taken into consideration. If in the final case, both the marks in Mathematics and Physics are equal, both students are awarded the same rank.
With a large number of other colleges joining the JEE Advanced Counselling System for their counselling sessions as well, the extended Rank List beyond the total number of seats available at IITs further includes a larger number of students. Hence, the cut-off is only a technical formality that most serious aspirants can clear easily.