The results of the 2014 Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Advanced) for admission to different Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are heavily in favour of students from the CBSE, as nearly 55% of those who qualified the test are from this board.
The results declared on Thursday showed a total of 27,151 candidates - out of the 1,26,997 registered - qualified the examination. Altogether 19,416 were in the common merit list, 6,000 were in OBC (NCL), 4,400 in SC and 1,250 ST merit lists. The exam was held on May 25.
Udaipur's Chitraang Murdia emerged as the topper. Shortly after the results were declared, Murdia - who scored a whopping 334 marks out of the maximum 360 - said he would join IIT-Bombay. "I will choose between computer science and electrical engineering," he said, adding: "My long-term goal, however, is to go into hardcore research."
Of the total 27,151 who had qualified, 14,950 were from the CBSE board, according to official sources. This was followed by 4,745 from the Andhra Pradesh board (17%), 1,818 from the Maharashtra board (7%), and 1,550 from the Rajasthan board(6%). Just 931 students from the ICSE board could qualify.
"The reason why so many students qualify from CBSE board is because CBSE schools are scattered all over the country and the standard of teaching is high," said an IIT professor.
"Andhra Pradesh stands out in respect of coaching and that is why many students from this state qualify," he added.
The exam continues to be heavily skewed in favour of boys, with only 3,009 girls qualifying - a mere 11%. There is only one girl in top 10, two in top 50 and five in top 100.
Aditi (who only uses her first name) from IIT Roorkee zone is the topper amongst girls, securing an all-India rank of seven. There are five female candidates amongst the top 100.
Aditi did her boards from Swami Sant Dass Public School in Jalandhar, scoring 95.4% in her senior secondary examination. "I am planning to join computer science in IIT Delhi," she said, adding: "I may like to join the civil services."
A total of 243 candidates with persons with disability (PWD) certificates have qualified the examination.
Compared to 2013, this year's JEE-Advanced had 3,500 additional qualifiers. The increase is across all categories.
The joint implementation committee has decided to allow twice the number of choices in each category when successful candidates pick the subjects they want to study.
The choice-filling portal will functional from June 20 till June 24.
There are a total of 9,784 seats for the over 19,000 that have been shortlisted.
Performance of Boards
Andhra Pradesh 17%