The IITs will see of a lot of students hailing from smaller towns and villages, walking tall on its campuses this year. The elite institutes will also enroll a large number of students who cleared the much-feared exam in the first go.
According to the Ministry of HRD, several students from the remote corners of the country (30.67 pc) have cleared their Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2006 — their passport for studying at the IITs.
Of the students who have cleared the exam — 4,400 are from cities, 1,328 from towns and 615 from villages.
In the data released on Thursday, the Union HRD Ministry attributed the new trend to the reforms it had introduced in the JEE examination last year — objective type questions; scrapping of screening tests; attempts being shot down to 2; only first divisioners being made eligible for the test; 5 per cent marks relaxed for SC/STs.
The number of girls taking the exam also shot up from 29,291 in 2005 to 58,997 in 2006 — because of a reduction in the entrance fee.
There was a 50 per cent jump in students taking the exam this year. Of the total students who wrote the exam, 43.50 per cent cleared the exam in their first attempt.