The number of girls opting for Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE), Computer Science Engineering (CSE) and Information Technology (IT) is almost double that of boys selecting these three streams.

Of the 11,010 students admitted to colleges in the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) 2011 till the fifth day of counselling, 5,844 are boys and 5,166 are girls. In ECE, 1,707 were girls and 995 were boys out of the 2,702 students choosing the stream in the first five days.

In CSE and IT, the number of girls is almost the double that of the boys opting for these courses mainly due to the nature of career in future. About 1,140 girls have joined CSE and 609 in IT compared to that of 563 and 324 boys respectively. Bio-technology is another subject preferred by girls. Of the 135 seats allotted, 109 are girls.

Girls, as usual, have preferred not joining engineering courses such as mechanical and automobile, which are physical in nature.

In mechanical engineering, the number of girls is negligible. Of the 1,847 seats taken till now, 1,827 are boys and 20, girls.

In automobile engineering, all the 109 students admitted are boys. As many as 415 boys opted for civil engineering compared to 267 girls. In aeronautical also, the boys easily outnumber girls.

Only in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering, there is some balance with 127 boys and 159 girls.

Of all seats admitted till now, 2,129 have preferred Anna University departments, 3,158 government and aided colleges and 5,723 opted for self financing engineering colleges in the State.

As many as 1.29 lakh more seats are waiting to be filled in the next 30 days of counselling under single window admission.

On Tuesday, the number of students attending counselling was improved by 200 to be around 3,200 and the absent rate was 15.62 per cent with 505 students failing to turn up with 12 skipping the counselling altogether.