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JEE Advanced: Admission restrictions

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There are many restrictions to admission into different Indian Institutes of Technology. Here are a few of the major ones, in summary. For more details, look into the article.

No restriction in admission to girls any longer.

No mining engineering course in any of the Indian Institutes of Technology would allow admission to girls prior to the year 2016. This was due to a law,

Section 46 (1) of the Mines Act, 1952 states that no woman shall, notwithstanding anything contained in any other law, be employed in any part of a mine which is below ground, in any mine above ground except between 0600 and 1900 hours

However, this changed in a landmark decision by the Indian Institutes of Technology for the year 2016-17, and since this year, female candidates will be admitted to Mining Engineering or Mining Machinery Engineering related courses at IIT (ISM), IIT Kharagpur and IIT (BHU).

Restriction on colour blind candidates

The petroleum industry relies heavily on colour codes in its day to day operation. Hence it becomes imperative to an employee that (s)he is able to distinguish the colour codes for safe, unsafe, critical, or dangerous. Thus, an employee who is colour blind shall not be able to perform the basic tasks expected of him or her in the industry. An admission to a degree that is a prerequisite to such a profession will thus be futile.

Those who opt for Mining Engineering, Mining Machinery Engineering, Integrated M.Sc. programs in Geology or Geophysics, or Petroleum Engineering must be averse to any form of colour blindness. A certificate to this effect from a government registered medical practitioner has to be produced at the time of seat acceptance. Individual Institutes of Technology may constitute a special medical board to test the validity of the candidate’s medical condition, and if the candidate fails, (s)he will be refused admission.

Requirement of visual acuity

There are several reasons as to why the equality of people under the Indian constitution will be retracted. One of them is to ensure the safety of the individual concerned. Such is the requirement of visual acuity in the mining industry. Since mines tend to be very dimly lit environments, persons who are visually challenged to varying degrees are not allowed, neither in the profession nor in the course offered by various educational institutions, including the Indian Institutes of Technology.

The standards of visual acuity with or without glasses will be strictly adhered to for candidates seeking admission to the course Mining Engineering as per Director General of Mine Safety Circular 14 of 1972. Persons with single eyed vision are not permitted to work underground. Candidates with these limitations are not allowed to opt for admission to courses titled Mining Engineering and Mining Machinery Engineering.

Preparatory courses

By the government of India order, the vacant seats in scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribe (ST) and person with disability (PwD) categories will not be automatically changed to general category. These will be allotted to students who have not achieved a place in the original rank list, the admission criteria may be relaxed to make way for a preparatory one year course in the concerned Indian Institute of Technology.

All the Indian Institutes of Technology will run preparatory courses of one year duration for SC, ST and PwD candidates intended to prepare them to pursue the academic program (for the next session of 2017-18) to which they have been allocated during the seat allocation process. At the end of this course, candidates are declared as pass or fail.

Admission is given to the candidates in the preparatory course provided that

  1. the seats reserved for the respective category are vacant
  2. the candidates satisfy minimum norm
  3. the candidates have not accepted a seat in the preparatory course earlier.

Candidates will be offered direct admission to the corresponding courses the following year (that is, 2017 – 2018) to the allocated undergraduate course. These candidates are also allowed to appear for JEE Advanced 2018 subject to other criteria being fulfilled. This filling of choices (for the preparatory course) will be done through the same online portal.

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