The Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) relaxed the admission criteria for the National Institute of Technology (NITs) and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) to help students get admission despite passing marks in class 12 examinations.

The Human Resource and Development Ministry said on Friday that the undergraduate courses in the NITs will accept the students with passing marks, provided they clear the Joint Entrance Exam-Mains (JEE-Mains).

“JEE Main 2020 qualified candidates will now only need to obtain a passing certificate in class XII examination irrespective of the marks obtained,” Union HRD Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said in a tweet.

Earlier, the NITs had criteria for admission that a student must score 75 percent marks in the board examinations besides the entrance exam.

The NIT is not the only institution where the students with passing marks can get admission. Earlier, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) also relaxed the admission criteria by saying that the institution will admit students on the basis of their performance in JEE-Advanced and not the marks in the class 12 board examinations.

“For admissions to #IITs, apart from qualifying the #JEE (Advanced), the eligibility was to secure either minimum score of 75% marks in class XII Board exams or rank among the top 20 percentile in their qualifying examinations. Due to the partial cancellation of class XII exams by several Boards, Joint Admission Board (JAB) has decided to relax the eligibility criterion for #JEE (Advanced) 2020 qualified candidates this time,” Pokhriyal had said.