The direction has been given in order to not compromise with the government's policy and that all reserved category seats are filled.
HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar also tweeted that it will be made sure that none of the reservation seats go vacant.
Responding to requests from students & IIT Community & to proactively ensure that all reservation seats are duly filled, I have directed @IITKanpur conducting JEE (advanced) to make available candidates, strictly as per merit, twice the number of seats in each category...— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) June 14, 2018
...If necessary by releasing a supplementary list."— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) June 14, 2018
The eligibility criteria for JEE Advanced, which was IIT-JEE up until 2012, was revised in 2013 and since then the number of candidates who qualified the exam has alwasy been twice the number of seats available. The number of candidates making it to the merit list is the lowest since 2012.
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The IITs had met on Wednesday to discuss if there were enough candidates available to fill all the seats but had decided not to tweak the cut off marks.
However, after the directive from MHRD, another meeting will be held today. The Joint Admission Board or JAB will have to take a call before registration for online counselling and choice-filling begins this week.
JEE Advanced 2018 results were announced on June 10, 2018. The overall pass percentage in JEE Advanced exam dropped by 64% in comparison to last year. his year the qualifying percentage for female candidates was also less in JEE Advanced.
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