IIT-Mumbai continues to be the region with the most number of candidates making the cut in the exam

For the first time in the history of IITs, two girls have made it to the top 10 ranking with the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay Zone continuing to be the region with the most number of candidates making the cut in the IIT entrance exam, for the first time conducted under the Joint Entrance Test (Advanced) model, the results of which were declared here on Friday, two days before the stipulated date.

“The sixth position has been taken by Aditi Laddha from the IIT-Delhi zone. She scored 320 out of 360 and the other girl, Sibbala Lena Madhuri, is from the IIT-Madras zone with a score of 314. The topper is Pallerla Sai Sandeep Reddy from the IIT-Madras zone with a score of 332,” said Hem Chandra Gupta, organising chairman of this year’s JEE exams, and faculty member in IIT-Delhi, which was entrusted with the task of conducting the entrance tests this year.

14,336 called for counselling

“A total of 14,336 students have been called for counselling, of whom 3,693 are from the IIT-Bombay zone followed by the IIT-Madras zone with 3,293 and then the IIT-Delhi zone with 3,033 students,” he said. “There are 9,885 seats available across the IITs, a significant increase from last year’s 9,647 seat availability, around 200 seats are from the new IITs who have started new courses.”

A total of 1,52,351 students qualified in the JEE (Main) test to write the JEE (Advanced) and of these, 1,26,704 students registered for the exam.

Only 1,15,971 candidates actually appeared for the final JEE (Advanced). “This year, around 26,000 people who qualified did not register for the exam; mostly they were from Gujarat since most of the candidates from this State preferred to be in engineering colleges there,” said Mr. Gupta. Even after registration, about 10,000 students did not turn up for the exams.

“Of these, most were girls; they filled the form but did not turn up maybe because there is no application fee for the girls.”

Mr. Gupta added that the IIT-Delhi zone had the third, fourth, sixth and tenth toppers but that the first two ranks were from the Madras zone and that the fifth rank was from the Bombay zone. “The registrations were completed only on May 13 and we had very little time to prepare for the JEE (Advanced) and we had to make arrangements beforehand on the basis of assumption,” he said, adding they had used around 68 centres in the Delhi zone.

“There are several remote areas in this country where there is no Internet access, that is why we have declared the results a bit early this time,” said IIT-Delhi Director R.K. Shevgaonkar.

Two stages

For the first time, the IIT -JEE exams were held in two stages — JEE (Main) and JEE (Advanced) — which will be the entry point for candidates wanting to get into the IITs across the country as well as some other Centrally-funded and State-funded technical institutions. This time, the results of the Class XII qualifying examinations would be taken into account.

“A student making it through all the stages in the JEE exams will not be admitted if his Class XII results are not in the top 20 percentile” added Prof. R.K. Shevgaonkar.

The first counselling is from June 24 to June 30 and the physical verification of certificates will take place from July 4 to July 8.

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