Supreme Court Lifts The Ban, Counselling Process to Continue as scheduled

By Avinash Kumar|Updated : July 10th, 2017

Supreme today has lifted the stay on the counselling and admission process of JoSAA 2017 to IITs after agreeing that awarding the bonus marks was the only practical solution. However, it has asked the IITs to submit an undertaking that the mistakes or printing errors will not be repeated again. This closes the bonus marks controversy and brings relief to thousands of students who cleared JEE Advanced and Mains this year and were aspiring for an Engineering degree from IITs, NITs, IIITs and other GFTIs.

The honorable supreme court had stayed the counselling and admission process on the basis of JEE Advanced 2017 to IITs on Friday, 7th July 2017, on the basis of a petition filled by several students against awarding bonus marks in the examination. The students, in their petition had claimed that the bonus marks resulted in a relative reduction in their ranks and hence they are unable to secure a seat in their desired course. The court dismissed their petition allowing the counselling to proceed as scheduled.

IIT Madras, the institute which conducted the JEE Advanced this year on 21st May 2017, had announced awarding 18 bonus marks to candidates. 11 marks were awarded to 3 ambiguous questions in Maths and Physics in paper 2 and 7 marks were awarded for printing errors in 2 questions of Physics & Chemistry in paper 1. Hopefully, the errors will not be repeated next year.

The counselling for seats in IITs is conducted jointly with the seats for NITs & IIITs as well by JOSAA to prevent dual admissions and vacant seats. Due to this controversy, even the JEE Main counselling was put on hold. Now with this order, the counselling process will continue as per the previous schedule.

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