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Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times
June 22, 2013
Coaching institutes in Kota have witnessed a slight dip in the number of students enrolling to get a shot at cracking the IIT tests following the change of pattern in the Joint Entrance Examinations but after the announcement of results, are confident of bouncing back. On an average, nearly 50,000 students from across the country go every year to Kota for IIT and engineering coaching.

This year, two students from Kota classroom coaching have secured ranks within the top ten. More than 20 students from Kota managed ranks in the top 100 in the IIT-JEE 2013.

With an objective to reduce coaching and lay stress on school education, the essential eligibility criteria for aspirants had been changed last year.

While earlier the student had to simply get 60% in his board exams, from this year selection is dependent on him/her being in the top 20 percentile of the board.

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The city, which has been an epicenter of IIT and engineering coaching, has been undergoing a gradual shift in trend for the last two years.

While the number of students going to Kota for medical coaching has increased, that for IIT and engineering coaching is gradually waning.

“Last year there was no visible decline since the pattern was being formulated and the students were confused. But this year, when they know that school marks will play a pivotal role in entry, I can see a visible dip, around 10%,” says Pramod Bansal, CEO, Bansal Classes.

However, Bansal said the admissions were still on and the decline would be diluted after the students see the results of the institutes.

Acknowledging that there had been a small decline in the number of student arrivals last year, Pramod Maheshwari, director of Career Point said this was not because of the change in exam pattern, but because students were confused.

“This year till now, the admissions are still going on and the trend shows that it will be almost the same like that of last year. I agree that the business is not as robust as it was two years ago but we have gone through such temporary phases and have always recovered,” he said.

However, he said the government has not been able to check coaching. “Students are now taking coaching both for school and IITs.”

Says Aditi Laddha, who secured sixth rank in IIT-JEE 2013 after taking coaching in one of the institutes of Kota, “I do not think the change in the exam pattern should affect the Kota business. The coaching institutes have changed their formula and pattern after the announcement of the change in exam pattern. They used to tutor us for school also.”