The IIT-JEE pattern is going to see changes from 2013. However, students will have to wait for some more time to get to know about the changes. The final shape of the new format will be decided only after the IIT council meets in the first week of January.
According to reports, the council is deliberating upon the changes recommended by the Dr.T Ramaswamy committee. The recommendations ask for instituting an aptitude test as well as giving weightage to class 12th exams.
The aptitude test will have questions from reasoning and all other subjects, which, the students have studied in their schools. As for giving weightage to class 12th marks, the strategy to be adopted will be such that all the boards are evaluated equally.
Till now, the students of all the boards have been evaluated equally. This has often led to accusations that this method is unfair and students from some boards get advantage over others. There have also been demands to remedy this discrimination.
To achieve this, the percentage scored by students will be converted into percentile through a specific formula. The Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, has been designated with this responsibility and it will devise the method i.e. virtual mapping. This would act as a uniform scale for their comparative performance.
There are altogether 42 boards in India. CBSE and ICSE are the only two central boards. The students sitting for IIT-JEE are from all boards and therefore, it is important to compare their performance in a manner that gives all of them equal footing.
The new format proposes for 50% weightage to the board exam (calculated through the new method) and 50% to the JEE paper. The final ranks of the students will be an outcome of this combined evaluation.