Did you give JEE Advanced this year, and are thinking of giving JEE Advanced next year again.
Beware. Please read this carefully before accepting a seat from JOSAA.
Ever since I wrote the blog on Joint IIT/NIT Counselling and pointed the issue of not having any option of withdrawal which will mean a large number of students will lose a lot of money and those seats are likely to remain vacant, it has been pointed to me that another rule has been sneaked into the Business Rules of the Joint Counselling without any public discussion.
If you accept any seat in the joint counselling, even a seat in an NIT or another Government Funded Technical Institute (GFTI), then you are not allowed to sit for JEE Advanced in 2016.
Till now, the rule has been that if you accept an IIT seat (or ISM), then you are not allowed to give JEE Advanced next year. But if you accept an NIT or a IIIT seat, then you are allowed to give JEE Advanced next year. But that has been changed.
The Business Rule 59 under section XVII (Eligibility to Appear in JEE Advanced in Subsequent Years) on page 30 reads as follows:
Candidates who accept the allocated seat by reporting at the admitting
institute or a reporting center, irrespective of whether they attend
classes or not, become ineligible for JEE (Advanced) in subsequent years.
Notice that the rule has no mention of difference between accepting an IIT seat and accepting an NIT or a GFTI seat. In fact, the emails to me claim that they have specifically with IIT JEE office and they have received in writing that the rule will be applicable even if you accept an NIT seat. (Ideally, I should be verifying this claim from an IIT myself, but I wanted to write this blog right away, since time is really short, and people may have started paying already, and hence I am believing in that claim. But if this claim is incorrect, I will be happy to issue a clarification, and bring down this blog.)
With the joint counselling this year, the gap between the "best institute" and the "worst institute" has increased so tremendously this year, that not allowing the student of that "worst" institute to improve next year is downright ridiculous and though I am not a lawyer, appears to be in violation of the Fundamental Right to Education. And doing so without pointing it out clearly to all stake holders and hiding it as one of the 60 business rules on the last page, is sinister.
I request all those who have received a non-IIT program in the first round, and are considering the option of giving JEE again in 2016, to first verify from IITs whether they will be able to give JEE Advanced 2016 next year if they accept a non-IIT seat this year.