LAST WEEK WE ASKED: Do you think the new IIT-JEE format will be more stressful for students?
The new format of IIT-JEE will obviously be more stressful due to an increase in prerequisites for a qualifying seat in IIT. The first and foremost requirement, students should rank among top 20 percentile of their respective class 12th boards. Thus, students cannot afford to compromise their boards for JEE exam. Add to that, now students need to prepare for two exams to be held in 3-4 weeks gap. Quite contrary to the earlier schedule, two papers being held on the same day, where a one time preparation was required. And with new format even paltry carelessness will bear heavy consequences.
-- Shivam Chhabra, Integral University, Lucknow
Government has finally turned the lens on the school board examinations by keeping the criteria of top 20 percentile in their respective boards as the eligibility norm for the Advanced exam. This pragmatic approach will certainly be burden for those students who used to prepare only for entrance exams without paying any heed to the boards; but not for a 'decent' student who can easily score above 78 per cent (in terms of CBSE)in the boards. Amidst all such debates, it is highly desirable for a competitive environment so that the future engineers will be efficient in all respects.
-- Dipika Sahoo, College of Engineering and Technology
With mushrooming of engineering colleges in India and decreasing quality of entrance tests the move by IITs emphasises that only the best reach to these prestigious Institutes. This may be a little stressful for the aspirants but definitely necessary to maintain the standards. The new format will give a holistic approach and test not only their overall preparations of the students but also the mental stamina needed pursue an engineering course ahead.
-- Rajeev Upadhyay, NITIE, Mumbai.
The blue prints given by the MHRD are becoming a road blocks to an IIT. In order to reach the dream destination of an IIT, one had to endeavor to clear the hurdle of qualifying into top 20 percentile in their boards and thereafter appear for advance exam and beat the best minds in order to be seated in an IIT. Thus this practice will escort into psychological burden for all the concerned stakeholders and will only add fuel for eminence coaching institutes.
-- Harsh Mehta, St Kabir Institute of Professional Studies, Ahmedabad.
The new IIT-JEE formula will include board marks along with mains and advance test which students have to face in order to qualify for IIT-JEE so the pressure on student in turn increases as now there is burden of boards and competitive exam. The stress is not only mental but also financial due to coaching institute. In all this it has been forgotten that there exist rural India which lacks in quality education being imparted, so the student from rural India secure less then their privilege counterpart in cities. Hence the new system will breed elitism.
-- Nilaya Mitash Shanker, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
New IIT-JEE format announced recently can become a harder nut to crack for students, with both Main and Advanced test staring at them. It will be harder balancing act for the students to be equally focussed board exams , Main test and Advanced test. It is a triple hurdle which ultimately might lead to more confusion as, it is also seen in students in coaching classes all over India have increased after the decision and hints towards not able to solve need of the time.
-- Anurag Srivastava, Institute of Rural Management, Anand.
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