JEE Main Counselling Stopped: The Madras High Court has put a hold on the JEE Advanced and JEE Main 2018 counselling on 6th July 2018. The Seat allotment, document verification and acceptance of fee payment has been suspended till the further hearing on. The court ordered to place on top of the list, candidates who had strictly complied with the instructions to give numerical answers up to the second decimal place such as 7.00 followed by those who had answered up to one decimal place such as 7.0 and then the students who simply gave the integer 7 as the answer.

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The High Court of Madras has ordered the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur to stick to original instructions and give preference to candidates who have answered in exact numerical value in decimal notation, rounding off to second decimal place, over candidates who answered by rounding off values to one decimal point or without any decimal notation.

L Laxmi Sree who had appeared for the JEE Advanced 2018 in Chennai on 20th May 2018 has moved the Plea. The petitioner, L Laxmi Sree spent enough time to answer the questions by entering correct numerical value in decimal notation rounding off to second decimal. However, some candidates had answered with one decimal or with no decimal notation. The petitioner, then wrote an email to the concerned authorities stating that the candidates who had not followed the original instructions would affect the ranks and marks of those who had adhered to the instructions.  With no reply in time, she had to finally approach the high court.

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Justice S Vaidhyanathan accepted the plea and the court passed an interim order directing the authorities to evaluate the papers only based on original instructions and if evaluation was made based on the clarification, allotment of seats should not be made till further orders.

However, when the plea was taken up in court, the concerned authorities argued that evaluation both ways would not affect the total number of candidates selected. The High court judge accepted the plea noting that by giving preference to candidates like the petitioner, the total number of candidates who have been selected are not going to be altered, instead, their rankings alone would be changed.

Outcome of the Decision

  • The Madras High Court has directed the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur to redo the rank list for IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced this year.
  • The JoSAA Seat Allotment result and Online application window has been closed temporarily on the official website.JEE Main Counselling Stopped
  • The Hight Court Judge on June 7 passed an interim order directing IIT-Kanpur to evaluate the answer scripts strictly on the basis of pre-examination instructions and not on the basis of the clarification.

Public Reaction

While some students have called this decision  “perfect stay given by Madras High Court to the IIT’s”, others are clearly not satisfied with the order. We talked to a few students who said that the rules were flawed and putting a stay order on such flawed rules should be discouraged.

There have been mixed opinions among candidates debating whether the 17-year-old’s writ petition makes sense or not. What do You think about this? Do let us know your opinion in the valuable comments below!


  1. The decision is absolutely illogical.The instruction to truncate to 2 decimal places was given to avoid student answering in more than 2 decimal places.

  2. i oppose L laxmi sree the instruction language is tricky if IIT gave clarification about numerical ques. this does not means to rank students acording to answer pattern isse many achhe students ka loss hoga aur iit ko students intelligent chayihe na ki unki marking scheme m ulajhne wale


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