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There have been a lot of significant changes in the exam pattern and marks distribution of JEE over the past few years. And if the recent news from the media is to believed, then another significant change in the rank calculation method of JEE is just around the corner. TOI and several other leading newspapers have reported that from 2017 onwards, MHRD has decided to omit the 40 per cent weightage given to the normalized score of Class 12th while calculating the ranks of JEE Main. This change by the MHRD might be a significant one from a student’s point of view and will provide a substantial halt to what seemed like a never-ending debate on this topic. So assuming that this decision goes through, what should a student expect from the JEE 2017 and what should then be the strategy to prepare for the same? Let us see that.

WHY THIS CHANGE WAS MADE?

This decision of removing the board exams weightage was influenced by a number of factors, the most important one being associated with the fact that many students were not happy with the current normalisation procedure; and that there were large number of instances wherein the students performed really well in JEE, but due to their 12th marks their ranks fell down drastically thus delivering a huge blow to their admission prospects.

WHAT IMPORTANCE WILL THE BOARDS HAVE THEN?

Now that it is known that the Boards marks won’t affect the final JEE rank, the next question that might strike the students is that whether this implies that the Boards won’t affect the JEE result at all? And the answer is NO. Even though Boards have zero weightage in the JEE rank, but in order to get a rank the candidates have to secure at least 75 per cent marks (for general category students) in Boards or they have to be in the top 20 percentile in their 12th class examination conducted by their respective boards.

WHAT CHANGES TO INCORPORATE IN YOUR PREPARATION?

For the students who are very much keen to get into the NIT’s and other GFTI’s, this change must prove to be a blessing as now you can take some time off from your Boards prep and instead prepare for the JEE harder. But this in no way implies that the Boards are not important! The syllabus you will be studying for the Boards is the same for the JEE as well. So once you are through with your concepts from NCERT books, it will also help you a lot for excelling in the JEE. And don’t forget that you need to secure at least 75% or fall under top 20 percentile to secure a JEE rank!

Thus, this step by the MHRD for nullifying the Boards weightage from the JEE will be welcomed by most of the students as it will make the rank calculation process less complex and more student-friendly. However, this is only applicable for the JEE Mains rank, and for the admissions in the State Engineering Colleges across various states, the Boards may still have some weightage in deciding their merit rank.

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