585 seats vacant after round 1 of IIT admissions

It seems not everyone is keen on getting into an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) as 585 seats remained unfilled after the first round of admissions across the 23 IITs. Last year, 397 seats were vacant after round one.

The second round of the Joint Seat Allocation Authority 2018 saw more seats being allocated. By the end of round two, a total of 32,763 male and 6,305 female candidates were shortlisted to join the IITs/NITs/IIITs.

Across the 23 IITs, a total of 12,071 students—10,219 boys and 1,852 girls—have been allotted seats. There are 11,279 seats up for grabs at the IITs.

“One cannot compare this year’s vacancy with that of last year’s as the IITs have created 800 supernumerary seats this year for female candidates,” said professor Shalabh, organizing chairman of JEE (Advanced). The maximum number of girl candidates have been allotted seats in Kharagpur— 222. At IIT-Bombay, 868 boys and 159 girls have been allotted seats.

The numbers clearly point to the fact that the IITs may not faced a candidate crunch with their initial shortlist of 18,138 students that were considered qualified after the JEE Advanced results were announced. Then the ministry of human resource development had asked the IITs to lower their entry barrier and extend their merit list; about 32,000 students were declared qualified by dipping the cut-off marks.

Last year, 121 BTech seats were lying vacant across IITs. In 2016, vacancies were 96, and in 2015, there were 50 unfilled seats. The Joint Seat Allocation Authority will conduct seven rounds of seat allotment for filling all the seats in the 93 participating engineering institutes—23 IITs, 31 NITs, 23 IIITs and 20 GFTIs—across the country.

Source: Times of India

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