IIT Justifies Its Grace Marks Decision; 30000 Seats Already Allotted

IIT Justifies Its Grace Marks Decision; 30000 Seats Already Allotted

IIT Justifies Its Grace Marks Decision; 30000 Seats Already Allotted

The court's order came on petitions by two candidates who have challenged the grant of seven marks to all the candidates for errors in two questions - one in chemistry and other in maths - in the Hindi version of the paper.

Out of 1.7 lakh candidates that were shortlisted for JEE-advanced, around 55,000 had qualified in the exam and are fighting for a seat in the 23 IITs and other government-aided engineering colleges like NIT and IIIT. Apart from the number of petitions challenging the IIT-Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2017 rank list, the bench also wanted the petitions details that were pending before the High Courts. The marks were awarded due to five "vague" questions.

Representing the candidates, advocate Vikas Singh argued that the list of successfully candidates must be revised and bonus marks should not be given to those who did not attempt the faulty questions.

Any writ petition relating to counseling and admissions to the IITs by the High Courts, from Friday onwards, has also been restrained by a bench of Justices comprising Dipak Misra and AM Khanwilkar. On June 4, when the answer key to the question paper was released, objections were raised over some questions in Paper I and Paper II that led to IIT-Madras - which held this year's exams, awarding a total of 18 marks to all candidates appearing for the examination.

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The bench said it would try to find a solution to the problem which needs to be solved at the earliest, but as an interim measure, the IITs should not conduct further counselling and admit students on the basis of the JEE.

This will affect about 33,000 students, but the SC said it had to be sorted out first.

The JEE (Advanced) exam was conducted on May 21, the IIT has awarded 11 extra marks to the students who took the exam.

However, the joint admission board of the IITs had asked for the dismissal of the petition saying that a panel of experts had made a decision to give bonus marks after considering various options. The apex court had issued notice to the Indian ministry of (MHRD) human resource development on a plea seeking an end to the IIT-JEE 2017 rank list.

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