Southern India has provided both the topper and the highest success rate in the 2011 IIT-JEE, but coaching classes appeared the biggest winners in results announced on Wednesday.
Hyderabad’s Immadi Prudhvi Tej topped the examination nationally, while Dravyansh Sharma topped from the Delhi zone which comes under IIT Delhi, earning the seventh rank.
But the results that declared 13,602 candidates qualified to seek admission to 9,618 seats at the IITs and select other schools — to compensate for any students not taking up seats — also reinforced some long-standing concerns.
The IIT Madras and IIT Bombay zones, where coaching classes most dominate through JEE training hubs like Kota and cities across Andhra Pradesh, have dramatically higher success rates for students.
One in every 20 candidates in the south — under the IIT Madras zone — has qualified while the figure stands at one in every 25 in the western, IIT Bombay region. Together, they have contributed nearly half the total number of successful candidates, though less than a third of all candidates appeared from these regions.
In contrast, only one in every 32 candidates qualified from the next most successful region — the IIT Delhi zone, which encompasses the capital and the area around it. A total of 2,138 students qualified from this zone, out of 68,249 candidates who appeared. The success rates are much lower for the remaining zones.
The results also carry the imprint of the massive 36 marks worth of errors in the IIT-JEE question papers.
The subject cut-off in math (34) is twice the figure last year (17) because the IITs were forced to award 12 marks free to all candidates.
Students from the Other Backward Classes — like in 2009 and 2010 — have performed almost at par with general category students. An adequate number of qualified scheduled caste students means the IITs will, like last year, not hold preparatory classes to fill vacant SC quota seats for students who miss the cut-off but are deemed capable of studying at the IITs with a year of preparation.