“ a compromise formula which includes a proposal to take top 20% students based on percentile ranking of respective boards for preparing the merit list”

How meaningless is this solution ?. Higher education in India will become the domain of the school toppers and Children of affluent parents and we wonder why half a million students leave India to study undergraduate courses overseas. Children who will never return to a country that shunned them.

Is this is what we call inclusive in RTE ?.

God Save India

Inclusive education does not mean that everyone must enter, or pass out from, an IIT. It only means that if you wanted to, you could have a shot at it. The child labourer is excluded because she can never dream of entering an IIT; she may absolutely hate IIT, but not trying to join an IIT should be her decision. Even if there is only one IIT train, every child must have access to the platform where the train comes. Of course, not everyone will get on to the train but everyone knows what to do to have a shot at the train. This is called inclusion in education. Everyone must go to school till class 12; those who work hard, and are willing to work harder still, will join an IIT. Others will, by choice, decide not to work that hard and become economists.

Shubhashis Gangopadhyay


All children are born equal and mindless politicians are trying to grade the children and youth of the nation and create a new Brahamanical Caste system in Education, which is pandering to the neo rich who can afford to send their children to elite private schools and Coaching schools.

"HRD Ministry of India wants to build castles of higher education on the bamboo scaffoldings of its schools" ~ Satish Jha

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Monday, July 16, 2012

413 - In new IIT entrance test, cut-offs to vary widely across boards



Vanita Shrivastava, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 16, 2012

In a quirky scenario, a student of the West Bengal class 12 board will need just 58% to be eligible to take the IIT-Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) next year while an aspirant from the Tamil Nadu board will have to score nearly 78% to make the cut. 

Preliminary data of seven boards across the country shows that the percentage required to be in the top 20 percentile — a necessary condition to be eligible for IIT-JEE next year — will vary for different boards.

The new pattern for IIT will have two exams— mains and advanced.
The final rank will depend on the performance in the advanced exam, provided a student is in the top 20 percentile of his or her board.
So far, the eligibility criterion for IITs was that a student should score a minimum of 60%.

The new pattern changes all that. So, if you're a student who wants to make it to the top 20 percentile bracket this year, you'd have to score 77.8% in the CBSE board, 78.1% in the Tamil Nadu board, 67.5% in Karnataka, 65% in Uttar Pradesh, 64% in Madhya Pradesh and just 58% in the West Bengal board exam.
These figures would apply only for general category students.

For students seeking to take the test under various quotas, it would be less.
Separate data will be compiled for these categories soon.

The Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE), which compiled the data this year, said all state boards have been asked to put up their percentage figures in the public domain soon.

"Once the student knows the percentage, he (or she) can prepare for professional entry into IITs accordingly. There will be just minor variations in this figure every year," sources in COBSE said.

"Next year, the numbers would fluctuate around this data. So, an IIT aspirant can know how much he or she should aim for in the boards," said Gautam Baruah, IIT-Guwahati director.

Sources said the ICSE, CBSE, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu boards are most likely to be in the highest percentage bracket. Boards such as those of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar will be at the lower end.