Every PCM/B student dreams of getting IITs right? But it’s so tough with JEE exams and other entrances because of too much competition. Well, here’s some good news for you. IIT Kanpur has announced recently that students who want to get into IIT Kanpur, now have a alternative. Yes you heard it right. You can get into one of the top IITs without clearing JEEs. How? Let’s find out.  

IIT Kanpur proposed an alternative to get admission. IIT says that anyone who can qualify a national level Olympiad in various subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Informatics, will be eligible to apply for direct admission into the institute. However, the final decision regarding the admission of these students lies with the respective departments and the institute’s senate. 

The chairman Of UGARC, IIT Kanpur Nitin Saxena, said that students who have cleared  the International Olympiads have already proved their intellect and potential.  Thus, they do not need to go through another throat cutting competition of JEEs. “Every year, six Indian students represent the nation at the globally acclaimed Olympiads. They go through a rigorous preparation process to pass through various government-held Olympiads,” he added. As majority of these students used to take admission abroad instead of Indian universities, “This framework has been put into place to try and retain this exceptional talent,” he continues. 

How it works? AS told by IIT Kanpur

Most of the parents and students do not care to enroll into Government held Olympiads. But now, the students who can qualify any of the Olympiads, say Physics. Then the student can seek admission in IIT Kanpur in the department of Physics. 

The final framework is yet to be decided and this announcement is just a proposal. “The exact framework regarding the acceptance or disqualification of their candidature is up to the respective departments. Departments may decide to hold screening tests- the process has not yet been decided. Based on their decision, the candidate’s application will be forwarded to the institute’s senate. Then they will take the final call about the candidate’s application,” adds Saxena. 

The process still needs to be finalised. The institution wants to make sure that only the best and deserving students get into the IITs through this path. Even after clearing and excelling in Olympiads there’s no guarantee if the student will get admission in the desired department. The students need to undergo different screening tests designed by a committee to get a seat in the institution. 

IIT Kanpur not the first institution to propose alternative entrance

IIT Bombay also introduced This alternative path of entrance into IITs in 2018.  Avinash Mahajan, dean (academic programes), IIT Bombay, says, “Candidates who qualify for the International Mathematics Olympiad are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics programme. The institute has earmarked six seats for the respective students. However, final admission depends upon a screening process. After which the decision will be taken by the respective department and finally, the institute’s senate”. Explaining the reason behind introducing the concept solely for students of Mathematics, Mahajan says, “Generally, Maths students decide early on that this will be their chosen area of specialization. With the Olympiad route, we give them an option to stay focused by not having to prepare for other subjects to appear in the IIT-JEE exam.” Since 2018, the institute has taken few admissions based on the Olympiad route, tells Mahajan. 

Preparing students for Olympiads

Partha Halder, head of department, (Chemistry) and academic head (FIITJEE Group), says that currently, there is minimal awareness regarding Olympiads amongst students as well as parents. “We screen candidates who come to prepare for IIT-JEE and introduce the best of the lot for theOlympiads,” he says. Since the Olympiads is a niche test, many students do not even consider the idea of trying it out. “Thus far, Olympiads are just about the prestige of qualifying for the test, as it is not a mass level exam. Getting direct admission into a few of the nation’s top Engineering institutes through the Olympiads is still a foreign concept to many,” adds Halder Parents also tend to confuse the local level Olympiads with the government-held test. “We have a long journey before the concept of Olympiads becomes well-known amongst students and parents alike,” Halder adds.

With this new door of opportunities introduced by the IITs it surely becomes a little easier to get admission. The announcement answers the queries of parents and students who doubt if Olympiads would be of any help in JEE preparation. Here we go, we can skip JEEs if the student clears the Olympiad with significant marks. 

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