Around 645 seats across 18 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) remained vacant after the first round of joint seat allocation this year for admissions to IITs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other centrally funded technical institutes.
A total of 34,000 seats across 84 centrally funded technical institutes, including IITs and NITs are up for grabs this year out of which, overall 7,335 remained vacant after round one.
IITs constitute 10,060 seats, of which admission to 9,415 seats was confirmed on Sunday. The remaining 645 seats will be added to the second round of counselling which begins Moday, admission officials at IIT Bombay said. Last year, 650 out of 9711 IIT seats were vacant after round one.
Even top IITs like IIT Bombay and Delhi have 24 and 17 seats vacant respectively after round one, while IIT Kharagpur, which has the largest number of seats on offer at 1,343, has filled 1,252 of its seats.
Authorities at IIT-Bombay, which is conducting the allocation, however said that true picture of vacancies will be clear only after all the three rounds of allocation are over.
“This is just the first round and we can only comment on the status and reasons behind vacancies after all rounds are done,” said an admissions official.
This is the first time a joint allocation process is taking place for admission to these institutes where all courses offered by the institutions are available on the same online platform.
The decision to conduct this joint allocation was to arrest the problems of a large number of vacant seats across NITs and some IITs as students blocked seats for both institutions separately and finally chose one of the two on the last day leaving one of the seats vacant.
In this new process, students cannot block two seats and have to chose only one once it is allocated. If the student does not get his desired institute of course in round one, he can participate in the second round and then accept a seat of choice without blocking any of them.
Out of the four new IITs proposed, two in Tirupathi and Palakkad are a part of the admission process this year and have managed to fill 115 and 96 seats respectively out of 120 seats each.
While computer science remains the most popular choice among IIT students based on the choices filled by them last week, IIT-Bombay officials said they were yet to compile a coursewise data on admissions for round one.
“All IITs have had a similar pattern for seat acceptance. It is too early to comment on the popularity of courses or institutes as the admission process is still on,” said the admissions official.