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New Delhi: The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are discussing a pattern change for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced this year after receiving several requests from various stakeholders, including states, to make the exam easier in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, ThePrint has learnt.

JEE Advanced is held for admission to the 23 IITs across the country. The responsibility of conducting the exam lies with one of the IITs every year, and IIT Delhi is in charge this year.

The matters pertaining to changing the exam pattern and possible reduction of syllabus will be taken up for discussion at the IITs in their next Joint Admission Board (JAB) meeting to be held later this week.

An HRD ministry official, who did not wish to be named, told ThePrint that a final decision on the exam pattern will only be taken after the JAB meeting.

In the last JAB meeting called on Friday, IITs decided to do away with the mandatory criterion of 75 per cent marks in Class 12.

This year, the candidates who have qualified for JEE Advanced will be able to seek admission in IITs, irrespective of the marks they score in Class 12.

Also read: Science syllabus revisions will hurt CBSE students’ chances in JEE & NEET, teachers say

Older IITs not in favour of making exams easy

“All these matters (syllabus, exam pattern etc.) are at a discussion stage currently,” a senior official told ThePrint.

Another official privy to the developments said older IITs are not in favour of making the exam easy this year, as they fear it will set a precedent.

“There are requests from states to change the pattern of JEE Advanced and make the exam easier this year. Older IITs are not in favour of changing making the question paper easier because if it’s done this year, it will be like starting a trend. Anyway, the students who prepare for IITs start doing so from Class 10 itself and loss of studies for four months should not matter in that case,” he noted.

This is not the first time the IITs have been asked to revise the difficulty level of JEE Advanced.

In 2018, the Ministry of Human Resource Development had asked them to bring down the difficulty level, saying the JEE Advanced was too difficult and seats were left vacant because many were not able to clear the exam.

The IITs had, however, refused to comply then and had decided to stick to their set standards.

The JEE Advanced is slated to be held on 27 September, after being rescheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Also read: NEET, JEE now postponed to September amid increasing Covid-19 cases


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26 Comments Share Your Views


  1. Cancel jee advance and give seats to iits from jee mains for this year.. it will save time and reduce students stress….and mental pressure

  2. What is ‘Easy’ is a perception. Some 2 lakh take the JEE Adv and there are 10-12 thousand seats. So 80 percent will rate the exam as not easy. So for whom we need to make the exam easy.
    For past 4 decades there has been a concerted effort to make JEE easy. But at the same time the quality of school education has been going down. At the same time can we say that board exams are easy. If they are why students fail, why there are third and for that matter even second divisions.

  3. Difficult should not be reduced. This is not board exam. In fact, JEE used to be more difficult in 90’s and early 00’s. The quality has increased since then, due to the objective paper pattern.

  4. Sir iam Rajesh studying 1st year as a student opinion when there is no college students should not get interested in studying so it time that who have the real zeal to get IIT he do hardwork like this that students are merit students sir

  5. Completely useful idea in the favour of students . I request to J.A.B that please take the decision in the favour of students and due to Covid-19 pandemic most of the students can’t study in full of swing so I request you that please for this year 2020, please reduce the 90% syllabus for IIT entrance exam and make the exam more easier.

  6. It makes sense to do away two papers and conduct only one paper. A special edition this year as too long stay inside closed rooms and flicking in of parents outside the gate to collect their wards makes situation complex and dangerous.

  7. Neet , Jee , exams I have only one request …please please conduct the exam as declared..
    There is a respectable group of students who want to write the exam but I also know there are freaks who think some the exams are again postponed…

    Please please conduct the exam…HRD MINISTRY

    and issue a notification that expatriate students to make arrangement to be in India by July last week …or again they will start drama ….no plane tickets Covid etc etc

  8. Completely useless idea and activity, mostly IIT aspirants prepare for this exam since past 2 years and this pandemic started from March end this year. Even this delay offered them much time for practice and revision so whats the point in making easier. Why to ruin such premier entrance.

  9. JEE Advanced is elimination exam rather than qualifying exam as less than 1 percent students make it to the IIT’s, whereas more than 99 percent students could not make it. It means that only deserving students gets selected into IIT’s Making this exam easier would mess up everything and also standard of IIT would be reduced drastically since non deserving students would be getting selected into IIT’s. Hence the difficulty level of this exam should be maintained as it is. Even if you ask this question to the really deserving students who are preparing very hard for IIT, they would definitely stick to the present difficulty level which would definitely benefit them over non deserving students. Finally I would say, to keep the IIT level intact, the difficulty level should be kept as it is.

    • That is a really constructive suggestion because all exams will be indoors and siiting for too long with a face mask and face shield should be avoided…..they should really consider this.

    • because all exams will be indoors and siiting for too long with a face mask and face shield should be avoided they should really consider this.

    • because all exams will be indoors and siiting for too long with a face mask and face shield should be avoided they should really consider this


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