HYDERABAD: There may be little competition this year to secure a seat in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) as only 18,138 successful candidates will compete for 11,279 seats in 23 premier institutes across the country. As in the past, students from and Andhra Pradesh performed well in the JEE Advanced, assuring them of seats in IITs, NITs and other premier engineering colleges across the country.
Although, the number of students selected is more than 1.6 times the number of seats on offer, when compared with last year figure of over 50, 000 students who were shortlisted, the figure this year fell flat. In 2017, for 10, 998 seats, over 50, 000 candidates qualified in the JEE Advanced examination.
“It’s surprising to see only a few students shortlisted this year. The nodal institute, which conducted the exam, may be decided not to give false hope to students by shortlisting more or they might release a second list later,” Ramesh Babu P, director FIITJEE, Vijayawada, told TOI.
He said that shortlisting fewer students, however, might be detrimental as the youngsters might get demoralised.
“This move can do more harm than good as students might be disappointed with the final outcome. Irrespective of whether or not they get a seat in IITs, getting shortlisted is a big thing for many and it inspires them to achieve bigger things in life in future,” Babu added.
Interestingly, as per details released by nodal institutes, which had conducted JEE examinations in the last five years, least number of students were selected in 2018. While 36,566 candidates were selected in 2016, 26,456 candidates made the cut in 2015. In 2014, 25,151 candidates got a nod to secure seats in IITs.
Though there might a vast difference in the number of students selected in the past five years, when it comes to the number of seats there was not much of a difference. There were 10,572 seats up for grabs in 2016, while it was 10, 998 seats in 2017 and 11,279 seats in 2018.
“Even, we are shocked to see the number of qualified students this year. But, maybe this is a well-thought move as at the end of the day number of seats available will remain same. However, if many seats remain vacant at the end of the admission process, they might reconsider their decision next year,” said Sushma Boppana, academic head, Sri Chaitanya Educational Group.
“Even we have to get used to this new pattern as at least 2,500 students from our institute get shortlisted ever year. However, till now, we could only find 1,500 shortlisted students from our institute. The number might increase when we get to know the results of all our students.”
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