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Chennai: The Hon’ble 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, overcandidates who answered by rounding off values to one decimal point or without any decimal notation.

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The official website of JoSAA has just announced the temporary suspension of seat allotment, document verification, seat acceptance at reporting centres until appropriate orders are received in Writ appeal with respect to orders passed by the Madras High Court on 2nd July 2018.

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The Plea has been moved by L Laxmi Sree who had appeared for the JEE Advanced in Chennai on 20th May 2018. 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.

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During the JEE Advanced 2018, candidates were instructed to answer in correct numerical value in decimal notation rounded off to the second decimal place.  The Instructions were made clear stating that marks will be awarded only to those who have answered as per the instructions.

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.

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.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Some thousands of students should face problems some had booked flight tickets to their alloted colleges and think about them it’s not one’s some thousands of students and their parents were in confusion please take back your words

  2. This girl is an ABSOLUTE IMBECILE IDIOT and
    ALLOWING SUCH FRIVOLOUS APPLICATIONS MAKES A MOCKERY OF THE JUDICIARY.

    Also all of you should know that the instruction was-
    enter the correct numerical value (in decimal notation, truncated/rounded-off to
    the second decimal place;

    This is logical when the answer is actually in decimals
    IT MAKES NO SENSE WHEN THERE ARE QUESTIONS WHICH FOR EXAMPLE ASK ONE TO COUNT THE NUMBER OF COMPOUNDS FULFILLING A CERTAIN PROPERTY

  3. ONE OF THE PROHIBITION & EXCISE COMMISSIONER(GUJARAT, VALSAD) WHO WAS BE CHEMICAL FROM IIT KHARAGPUR, TOLD RULE GADHERA CHE BUT RULE- RULE CHE YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW THE RULE.
    THEREFORE HERE ALSO RULE AND INSTRUCTION ON QUESTION PAPER HAVE TO FOLLOW THE STUDENTS.7 IS NOT DIFFERENT FROM 7.0 OR 7.00 BUT ONE STUDENTS FOLLOWED THE RULE AND SINCERE AND CONSIOUS ABOUT THAT THEN WHY NOT GET REWARD FOR THAT.

    ALWAYS RULE IS RULE HAVE TO FOLLOW EVERY ONE.

  4. IF ANY IDIOT THINKS THAT 7 IS DIFFERENT FROM 7.0 OR 7.00, THEN WE ARE CREATING ASSES IN OUR SOCIETY. JUST FOLLOWING FLAWED RULES AND PENALISING OR AWARDING BASED ON FOLLOWING FLAWED RULES SHOULD BE DISCOURAGED. HOPEFULLY SC WILL INTERVENE AND CORRECT THE WRONG RULING BY HC

    • Hi,
      The Judgement passed states that 7 is different from 7.1 or 7.15. There is a difference between the two. And the fact that this was an engineering examination, the decimals matter a lot.

      • Please read the case carefully. IIt has only clarified in case of integers like 7 or 11 that 7, 7.0 and 7.00 are same. whereever there is two decimal in the answer the original instruction stays.Are we creating a petty society of people who are taught that 7.0 and 7.00 are different.If the subject experts feel that the answer is right then it should be left at that. One person for her personal interest cannot hold back the careers of lakhs of students. Is it justified