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IIT admission: Over 1,000 shortlisted students say no to online counselling

As the IIT-JEE debate continues, over thousand shortlisted candidates have opted out of the online counselling. Vanita Srivastava reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 12, 2012 23:39 IST
Vanita Srivastava

As the IIT-JEE debate continues, over thousand shortlisted candidates have opted out of the online counselling.


Out of total 17,464 candidates who were shortlisted this year, nearly 1,200 students have kept themselves away from the counselling.

The last date for submitting the choice of course was June 10. For counselling, the candidate had to submit a non-refundable fee of Rs 500.

While refusing to divulge whether those who didn’t opt for counselling had low ranks, Dr GB Reddy, organising chairperson of JEE 2012 said there were several factors and mostly are personal.

“Sometimes, a child gives both medical and IIT exam. He will obviously opt for one. Then sometimes a child who gets a low rank in IIT, may get a relatively better rank in AIEEE. It is difficult to surmise why a child does not opt for counselling.”

In the online counselling there is no restriction on the number of choices. In fact, a shortlisted candidate can fill as many as 215 courses, in a descending order of choice.

The online counselling, which closed on June 10, had 3 stages-registration, submission of photocopies of documents and choice filling. If either of this is not met, the candidate will lose his counselling chance.

While nearly 1,200 candidates have opted out of counselling there are some who are complaining on losing the chance on getting selected despite a rank below 2000 because of being callous in counselling.

“I filled only 13 choices and forgot to fill more. I realised it only after the system got locked on June 10. Looking at the last year's trend, I am not going to get any of the choice that I filled,” said a visibly upset AS Shekhawat from Rajasthan.

If the candidate does not fill sufficient number of courses as choices he/she may not get any course allotment especially in the case when the candidate has a low rank, Dr Reddy said.

There are a total of 9,647 seats in different IITs including 4, 722 in the general category.