JEE Advanced 2017: Supreme Court gives go ahead for IIT-JEE counselling

Yolanda Curtis
July 10, 2017

The Supreme Court today gave a green signal to continue admission into premier institutes like IITs and NITs by lifting a stay order it had issued on July 7 based on a petition contesting grace marks awarded to candidates. Candidates who cracked the IIT JEE (Advanced) examination 2017 this year to fetch admission into the renowned technical institutions of the nation, Indian Institute of Technology followed by National Institute of Technology followed by other government aided technical institutions had a shock of their lives when SC had put a hold on the IIT Counselling and admissions of 2017.

He had said that instead of singling out these papers, there were two options that the IIT could choose - one would be to award bonus marks to every candidate and the other would be to completely exclude the incorrect question. The apex court also asked high courts not to interfere in petitions regarding counselling and admission to IITs to avoid any confusion.

The students who took the IIT-JEE Advanced 2017 exam got 11 bonus marks for three ambiguous questions.

Attorney General K K Venugopal appearing for IIT assured the bench that such mistakes won't be repeated in future.

As there were a huge number of students involved and there was a system of negative marking in the exam, the 2005 judgment in Guru Nanak University case will not apply in the present matter the bench said.

The court had earlier restrained the IITs from conducting further counselling when it was found that the JEE Advanced paper had some incorrect questions. It said that the court will go by its earlier 2005 judgment and that bonus marks can not be given to those who have not attempted the wrong questions.

On June 30, the court had issued notice to the Ministry of Human Resource Development on a plea seeking quashing of the IIT-JEE 2017 rank list. The court's decision violated her right, as well as that of other students. The students were awarded grace marks as the answer key to seven of the questions went missing.

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