On June 30, 2017, a petition was filed in Supreme Court challenging the decision of Indian Institute of Technology of awarding grace marks in the JEE Advanced 2017 examination for the misprinted questions. Now, the Supreme Court has sought response from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT Madras) and centre on why seven additional grace marks were awarded to the aspirants who did not attempt the questions. According to SC, the centre would have awarded grace marks to the students who had attempted the questions.
Earlier, IITs had decided to award 11 bonus marks to students for three ‘unclear’ questions asked in JEE Advanced 2017 examination that took place on May 21, 2017. Among the three questions, two were from Mathematics section, and one was from Physics. There were other two questions from Chemistry and Physics for which marks will be given for any of the two answers given by IITs. The premier institutes took the decision after the internal review of the question papers by the experts.
Awarding grace marks in JEE Advanced examination is not new to IITs. In 2016, IITs awarded bonus marks for 3 questions, and in 2015, students got bonus marks for one ‘unclear’ question.
The seat allotment for the admission in these premier institutes began recently and the first allotment has also concluded. This year, 994 girls bagged admission in IITs. Around 11,000 students secured admission in IITs during the first allotment process.
This year, 1.71 lakh candidates registered for JEE Advanced 2017 examination.