The government wants the Indian Institutes of Technology to bring down the difficulty levels of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)-Advanced so that seats don’t go vacant, unlike this year when the cut-off had to be reduced after it appeared that about 1,000 seats may not get filled up.

“We would like to ask IIT Council and IITs to examine the modalities and the test design of JEE-Advanced exam keeping in view the poor outcome this year. We feel this (test design) was far beyond the capability of students and this issue needs to be addressed,” R Subrahmanyam, secretary (higher education), in the Ministry of Human Resource Development told ET.