According to recent developments, IITs are likely to consider the class 12 performance of students for admissions.
The IITs reduced their standards and exempted Class 12 board exam performance as a requirement for admission during the coronavirus pandemic, while many other institutions switched to other methods of assessing students' performances amid disrupted classes.
The standard during the pandemic, according to a 2020 brochure, was for students to pass tests in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and a language in addition to another topic. Before the pandemic, however, students from the General Category had to earn a minimum of 75% on their Class 12 exams or place in the top 20% of the board results to be admitted to an IIT, while students from the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) had to earn a minimum of 65% on their exams or place in the top 20%.
This effectively meant that, before the pandemic, students with high JEE Advanced exam scores were not guaranteed admission to IITs unless they also met the board exams requirement. If the IITs return to their pre-pandemic admission standards, this situation is likely to occur once more.