The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has recently brought changes in eligibility criteria for admission of ‘gifted’ candidates in terms of seat allocation in technical institutions.
As per the revised eligibility criteria, students who have secured a minimum of 50% marks in their 10+2 examination from a recognized board are eligible for admission. A total of 40% weightage is based on marks obtained in the entrance examination which is conducted at the national or state level.
The eligibility criteria list includes:
- Students must have cleared the 10+2 examination with a minimum of 50% marks as per National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 guidelines.
- Applicant must be a citizen of India.
- Candidates who have cleared the entrance examination on a state or national level will be given an extra edge up to 40%.
The eligibility criteria before AICTE implemented these changes consisted that students belonging to the general category have to secure a minimum of 45% marks and individuals coming from the reserved category have to obtain a minimum of 40% marks to clear eligibility criteria.
The previous year AICTE declared that 2 seats will be reserved for ‘gifted and talented’ individuals who don’t have to appear in any entrance exams such as Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).
Students will be considered as ‘gifted’ if they have international level competition or won prizes at the national level, conducted research work for which they received funds from government agencies, hold national or international patents, have published high-quality research papers, own a registered startup or build an application, etc.
The technical universities offering opportunities based on these revised criteria will be selected based on their ranking and achievements. Students opting for these seats have to provide a statement of purpose and not less than three recommendation letters.
The admission process will include conducting screening of data provided by candidates, interviews by state-level committees, and offline meetings with experts on the concerned subject matter. To finalize the process a final interview will be conducted by the national-level committee.