SC stays IIT-JEE admissions and councelling over bonus mark petition

A two Judge Bench of the Supreme Court of India has stayed the counselling and admissions to IITs on a petition challenging award of bonus marks to candidates who appeared for Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) 2017.

A bench of justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar in the order said “we are inclined to direct that no counselling or admission to the seats in IIT-JEE (Advance) 2017 shall take place until further order.”.

The petitioner has alleged that due to the distribution of bonus marks, nearly 20,000 students who were not deserving have qualified the cut-off , and some deserving students lagged behind because of the huge difference created in ranks due to this distribution of bonus marks.

Experts have suggested that the action of providing bonus marks proves harmful to meritorious candidates, and is aimed at saving the people who framed the questions in the paper.

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