School Boards across the country decided to make available the percentile of top 20 candidates within seven days to help students get a clear picture of the marks required to be eligible for IIT entrance.
Reaching a compromise formula, the IIT council had announced that admission to IITs from 2013 would be based only on rank achieved in the advance test and selected candidates would be in the top 20 percentile of successful ones of their boards.
The representatives of the school Boards assembled for the Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE) meet, an apex body of all the boards, councils of secondary, senior education in the country.
"It was decided that the equivalent percentage of marks for top 20 percentile students would be available (within 7 to 10 days) to students so that they are able to know the percentage of marks that will make them eligible for IIT Entrance," said a statement after the meeting.
The meeting was called to discuss operational issues arising out of the decision by the IIT Council.
In all, 20 of 29 boards chairpersons and representatives were present during which they "wholeheartedly supported the idea of giving weightage to the Boards Examinations Results and were of the view that this will definitely strengthen the school education," the statement added.
To ensure the new format functions smoothly, the boards decided to declare their results before June 10 and will complete the revaluation work within June 30 of the year.
The members at COBSE, who supported the new common entrance format, suggested that the joint Admission Boards (JAB) of IITs may be co-opted as member of COBSE.
It was also decided that detailed guidelines will be issued by COBSE to the Boards informing them about details of new schemes and various responsibilities expected of them.
National Informatics Centre was requested to prepare a common format based on current format of results by the different Boards so that data could be transferred by the Boards to the professional examination organizing bodies.
The COBSE meeting also agreed to provide secured and category-wise data of OBC/SC/ST and general candidates for the ensuring efficiency in the new entrance exam format.
Discussing about other issues, the meeting reiterated the earlier decision to allow improvement in all five subjects to a student who has taken the board examination this year.
"This will help the students who appeared this year's Board Examination but want to improve their performance in order to be able to compete well in 2013 examinations," the statement said.
The idea to introduce advanced courses in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics was also supported by the Boards so that the students seeking to pursue career in areas related to these subjects can benefit. CBSE offered to prepare pilot courses in these areas.
Significantly, the Boards also agreed that a common design of question papers can be developed by COBSE for all the Boards which can be put into practice in Class XI from the academic year 2013-14 and Class XII from 2014-15.