On Tuesday, Ramesh Pokhriyal, the Union Education Minister announced a relaxation in the JEE Mains eligibility criteria for 2021-2022 admissions, for the Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) and the National Institutes of Technology (NITs). As per the announcement, the Ministry of Education has relaxed the minimum marks requirement of 75 percent, in the 12th board examinations, for 2021-2022 admissions to the IIITs, NITs, SPAs, and CFTIs through JEE Mains.
Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank tweeted: “Considering the decision taken for IIT JEE(Advanced) and in line with the decision taken for the last academic year, it has been decided to waive off the 75% marks (in class 12 exam) eligibility criteria under Joint Entrance Examination (Main) for the next academic year 2021-2022.”
This decision to waive off the 75% marks requirement in the 12th board exam, for getting enrolment into the NITs, IIITs, CFTIs has been made on account of the COVID-19 outbreak. As per the waiver, it is not mandatory for aspirants to secure 75% marks in their class 12 board exams to get admissions to the afore-mentioned institutions and they will be shortlisted based on their JEE Mains 2021 scores.
Previously, apart from the JEE scores, the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) had a minimum marks requirement of 75% in Class 12 board exams. Also, JEE candidates among the top 20 percentile of their respective education boards are considered for admissions to the NITs. NTA has published the revised eligibility criteria for JEE Mains 2021, on its website, along with the JEE Mains 2021 official brochure. Aspirants are suggested to go through these eligibility criteria thoroughly before applying for the JEE Mains examination to be conducted in 2021.