Nearly 25,000 students shortlisted for the Joint Entrance Examination (advanced) 2015 did not register for the IIT admission exam this year. The registrations process for JEE (advanced) closed on Thursday.
A total of 1,52,401 candidates had qualified for the JEE (advanced) 2015, based on the JEE (Main) 2015 results. Over 13 lakh students had appeared for the JEE(Main) this year.
JEE (advanced) is scheduled to be held on May 24.
Last year based on the JEE(advanced) results, admissions were offered to 16 IITs and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. The number of seats offered were 9,784. This year four more IITs are expected to offer seats, including IIT Chhattisgarh, IIT Goa, IIT Tirupati and IIT Palghat. This is likely to cause an increase of 360 seats.
Incidentally around the same number of students had not registered for the JEE (advanced) exam last year as well.
“There are many students who do not want to be away from their home and parents. There are some states which are no more conducting their own engineering exam. In such a case, the child prefers to take admission in a state engineering college on the basis of his rank in JEE(main),” said former JEE (advanced) chairperson HC Gupta.
Also, he said many OBC candidates back out since they are not able to furnish their certificates.
Agreeing with what Gupta said, an IIT professor added, “Those students who have very low marks feel that they may not be able to qualify. So they prefer to keep themselves away.”
One of the condition for admission to IITs and ISM is that the candidate should satisfy at least one of these two criteria --- He/she should be within the category-wise top 20% of successful candidates in his/her respective Class XII (or equivalent) board examination or else he/she should have secured 75% (for GEN or OBC-NCL) or 70% (SC, ST or PwD) of aggregate marks in the Class XII (or equivalent) board examination.