In a move to ensure that Class 12 students who aspire to become engineers do not have to waste one year owing to the delay in revaluation of their board exam papers, the union human resource development ministry has asked state education boards to give priority to applicants who take JEE exam.

"It is yet to be finalised but the ministry has suggested the boards to give such students priority so that their results can be finalised before submission to JEE," an HRD ministry official said, the Hindustan Times reported.

Class 12 marks are crucial in seeking admission to top engineering colleges, including Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs), as the JEE (Main) rank list has 40% weightage from Class 12 board exam and 60% from the JEE entrance test.

If the revaluation of Class 12 papers of engineering aspirants is delayed, they miss the opportunity to secure admission to reputed colleges.

"If revaluation results are declared on priority, we can save a student's year. Boards were requested to look into the matter during a recent meet," the HRD official said.

Most of the state boards have welcomed the suggestion of the HRD ministry and once the Centre receives a written consent from them, the implementation process will begin.

Besides, the ministry has also asked the school education boards and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to declare the result of Class 12 board exams before 31 May to avoid delay in admission procedure.