The IIT aspirants who were taken by surprise with the announcement of single Joint Entrance Examination splitting into two—the Mains and the advanced this year, may have to appear for two mains next year (One in February and one in April) if the proposal of the CBSE is given the green signal.
The final decision on this proposal will be taken on September 17th at a meeting of the Joint Entrance Examination Apex body.
The proposal is underway as confirmed by a senior CBSE official. The idea is to allow IIT aspirants take the exams and both the scores will be taken into consideration for the JEE-Advanced. This offers students a second chance.
While the proposal is still in the process, it has already been ensured that the dates of JEE-Main in February don’t clash with February board exams.
Many believe that JEE-Main in February will adversely affect the performance of students in their boards due to extreme concern over JEE-Main. It will eventually affect students’ chances of qualifying IIT which has introduced a policy rule wherein a student not only has to pass the entrance, but also has to be among 20th percentile scorers.
In brief, students will have to perform exceptionally well in both the exams. They will have to work harder and fight despair at the same time.
"Sure, students will get a second chance with two exams, but I would prefer one exam, as it is very stressful to appear for multiple exams," said Krishnakant Saboo, a third year student of electrical engineering at IIT Bombay.