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IITs refuse to scrap JEE Advanced merit list:

In reply to some students’ appeal to give bonus marks only to those who had attempted the wrong questions in JEE Advanced, the Joint Admission Board has said that it won’t revise the JEE Advanced merit list. Almost 30,000 admissions have been done or are in the process of being done; the JAB has refused to scrape these admissions and redraw a JEE Advanced merit list.

Controversy arose earlier when several wrong questions were found in JEE Advanced 2017 question paper. To offset these wrong questions, IITs decided to give bonus marks to all candidates who appeared for the paper. According to some students, the awarding of bonus marks to all candidates has adversely affected their JEE Advanced rank. It must be taken into consideration that 18 marks do mean a lot in a closely-competed exam like the JEE Advanced.

While hearing the plea of the students on June 30, the apex court sought response from IIT on why 18 bonus marks should be allotted to all candidates, and not scrapped. The petitioners, who had cracked the exam, claimed that the extra marks given to others changed their ranking comprehensively and did not allow them to get a college of their choice.

Students appealed on the ground that some of the questions had been incorrectly printed in only 1 of the 10 question paper codes; it was, therefore, unfair to those who got the booklets with the wrongly printed questions for the bonus marks to be awarded to everyone. Those who received the wrongly printed booklet dropped in the ranks by several notches.

The JAB, however, responded that the decision to give 18 marks to all candidates had been taken by a committee of experts, after careful evaluation of all the other courses of action. IIT justified their action by stating that no candidate should have an edge on the account of printing inconsistencies. It urged the court to not give in to the plea of some students, and have a fresh merit list issued when 30,000 admissions were already in progress.

Earlier, almost 1.7 lakh students had registered for the JEE Advanced, 1.6 lakh of who appeared for the exam to compete for the 11,032 seats available.

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