New Delhi: The IIT exam row seems to be resolved as the government and the premier institutions on Wednesday reached at compromise. The new decided format will be implemented next year.

According to a study by CBSE, the percentage of the last student on the merit list according to the percentile ranking in its board stood at 78 percent, while the percentage of the last student under this formula in Uttar Pradesh board stands at about 65 percent. In Tamil Nadu Board, it stands at 78 percent.
   
The Council's decision on Wednesday will be deliberated by the respective IIT Senates even as IITs, the NITs and the IIITs have agreed to joint counselling for admitting students to their institutes.
   
It was said that as part of the new formula, the advance test will be held after the main exam. There will be adequate time between the two tests. Only the top 1.50 lakh candidates in the main will be qualified to appear in the advance examination.
   
"Admissions to the IITs will be based only on all India rank in advance test, subject to condition that such candidates are in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates of their boards," he said.
   
Sibal, who skipped the meeting apparently to show that there is no interference from the government, apologised for his absence.
   
"I would like to apologise for my absence from this crucial meeting of the IIT Council today. I have always taken my duties as a Union minister seriously and tried to do my best for the nation and most importantly its children who are its future require of me," he said in his message read out at the meeting.
   
The government had on May 28 announced the new test from 2013, under which aspiring candidates for IITs and other central institutes such as NITs and IIITs will have to take tests under a new format of common entrance test, which will also take the plus two board results into consideration.

Noting that IIT Council has among its members wisest persons from the academia and research community, Sibal said the issues such as the burden on the students from appearing in multiple exams should be addressed.
   
IIT faculty federation, meanwhile, has welcomed the development today saying most of the concerns of the federation has been addressed.
   
"This is in positive direction and most of the concerns of the IIT Senate has been addressed," federation secretary A K Mittal said.
   
IIT alumni, however, expressed its reservation about the decisions arrived today and said it will decide its future course of action on Friday.
   
In a statement, it said said that the top 20 percentile criteria is pro-rich and will be detrimental to the interests of students from rural India.

(Agencies)

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