The wait by 4.7 lakh students was finally over on Friday, when the Indian Institute of Technology — Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) results for 2012 were declared.
Arpit Aggarwal, a student of Faridabad’s Modern Vidya Niketan, bagged rank one, while Bijoy Singh Kochar from Chandigarh came in second and Nishanth N Koushik from Bhilai was awarded the third rank.
This year, the IITs shortlisted 17,462 students — a major increase from last year’s 13,800 students. These students, who will be gunning for the 15 IITs in the country, will now have to register online for counselling."Since counselling will be done online, we opened counselling registration on Friday. Students must fill in and submit the fee challan latest by June 9 because we will close counselling entries on June 10," said GB Reddy, chairman, IIT-JEE 2012.
Counselling, however, will not necessarily translate into a secured seat in the IITs for the aspirants.
“We have shortlisted twice the number of students as compared to the number of seats. So, there is no guarantee that a student who has got a rank will also get a seat,” Reddy added.
This year the IITs have rolled out several changes in not just the application process, but also the number of seats. The criterion for withdrawal of admission has undergone a sea change. The IITs also uploaded the answer key to the IIT-JEE — a move that was welcomed by aspirants.
Now, several IITs have increased the number of seats across several courses.
“There have been some changes in the number of seats at some IITs. While IITs Dhanbad and Hyderabad have increased the number of seats, IIT Roorkee has rearranged its number of seats,” he said.This time students who withdrew admission after payment of fees can appear for the exam again in 2013.