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Supreme court lifted the stay that they had put on the JEE Advanced counselling recently. Students can take a breath of relief now. Let’s discuss more about the JEE Advanced counselling stay.

JEE Advanced counselling stay

Yes, you read it right! After the NEET controversy of 2017, clouds of a possible JEE advanced counselling stay haunted the students for over a week. Supreme court, on 30th June, had sent a notice to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) with regards to a plea seeking to discredit the JEE Advanced rank list declared. Through this notice the SC ordered a stay on JEE counselling currently being held by by the IITs, NITs & other engineering colleges across the country. This came after a candidate had filed a petition claiming that ‘awarding of bonus marks on incorrect questions’ is wrong and directly impacts her chances & of other candidates who deserved a better score. She also claimed that this was in clear violation of her rights and of candidates like her.

On the directions of the apex court, although the counselling procedure & seat allocation had been stopped for the time being, however, the admissions committee of the IITs had filed a counter affidavit stating the following

  1. JEE counselling procedure is under way & 29,425 candidates have already accepted the seats as a result of the procedure. These have reported for the physical verifications as well.
  2. The decision of awarding bonus marks was made by a committee of experts who sought all possible options and the decision was made with full approval of the committee.
  3. The extra marks that were allotted in lieu of the mistakes in hindi medium based JEE advanced question paper.
  4. Candidates had claimed there were incorrect questions both in JEE Advanced paper 1 & paper 2. Owing to this, IIT Madras had decided to award 18 bonus marks, regardless of whether the question was attempted or not.

There were similar petitions filed against CBSE in Madras HC, with regards to difficulty of questions in different mediums of NEET 2017 question paper, two weeks prior to declaration of the results. CBSE had moved to the apex court in this case, claiming that the questions were set by a committee of experts and they ensured that the difficulty level remains uniform irrespective of the medium of test. Supreme court had lifted the HC stay on the NEET result declaration, thereby validating CBSE’s claim.

As far as JEE Advanced counselling stay is concerned, there were two angles to it. Firstly, there were a lot of moving parts already in the counselling procedure. Secondly, since it was the apex court that had ordered the stay, the admission committee didn’t have an option of moving to a higher body to get the stay lifted. What was a news of relief for both admission committee & students was that the supreme court vacated the JEE Advanced counselling stay on 10th July, 2017.

JEE Advanced was conducted on 21st May, 2017. Of the 2.2 lakh candidates, 1.7 lakh candidates took the test. Of these, 50,455 students qualified the second stage of the most difficult engineering entrance exam of India i.e. JEE advanced. Currently these qualified candidates are taking part in JEE counselling to secure a seat from 36,000 seats available in 97 participating institutes, under the joint seat allocation programme for IITs, NIITs, IIITs and other Government funded technical institutes.

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