The HRD ministry is said to have devised a “point system” to grade applicants for the post of IIT director. While in the earlier system as many as 40 candidates used to be shortlisted and called for interviews, only five-six candidates will be shortlisted now. The ministry hopes to save time with this exercise and limit itself to interacting with only the best candidates. This point system will be tried out for the first time for selection of IIT-Roorkee director, whose interviews are tentatively slotted for next month. Earlier, the HRD ministry interviewed over 40 shortlisted candidates for over 12 hours, before selecting a director for IIT-Delhi. Many candidates among the 40, government officials conceded, weren’t bright enough for the job.