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75% cut-off planned for NIT admission (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

Percentage below 75 in class 12th  may soon bar admission in NIT
Candidates securing below 75 % in the Class-12 examinations may soon be ineligible to secure admission in the National Institutes of Technology, irrespective of their JEE (Mains) scores.
For Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes’ candidates, there will be some relaxation, with the cut-off for eligibility being 70 %.

About 12-13 lakh students appear for the JEE Mains at present, of which just 2-lakh are eligible to appear for the JEE Advanced.

Recommendation by Ministry of HRD to CSAB
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has recommended that the Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) make this change in the eligibility criteria for admission to the NITs.
It is now up to the CSAB to take a final call on this, though the body – which is responsible for seat allocation for the NITs – is known to go by the government’s advice.

About NITs
The 31 NITs – next in line of prestige after the IITs in technical education – offer admission to about 18,000 students each year at present, which is higher than the 10,000 students the IITs admit at present.At present, the minimum eligibility criterion for admission to NITs is 70 % for general candidates and 65 % for SCs and STs.

Reason for raising the eligibility standard
NIT has been brought at par with IIT’s criteria. At present, the eligibility criterion for admission to the IITs is 75 % in Class-12 for general and OBC candidates and 70 % for SC/ST candidates, irrespective of JEE scores and resultant all-India 

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