Rajasthan topped the list of states in cracking entrance exam of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology this year, with nearly 20% students gaining admission to the 18 IITs belonging to the state. According to a recent report of JEE Advance 2015 by IIT Mumbai, 19.7% of those students who secured seats in the prestigious institute belong to Rajasthan. 1965 students from Rajasthan secured IIT seats out of a total of 9974 seats.
Uttar Pradesh has secured the second position with 1259 qualifying students, while Andhra Pradesh which topped the list last time, had 776 students. 770 students from Telangana secured seats this year. In another interesting trend, 25% of the seats, this year, were secured by students from rural areas who have completed their upper primary schooling in Hindi medium as compared to 90% seats grabbed by students from urban areas last year.
Girls, this year, secured 900 seats in IITs, a share of 9.03% as compared to 8% of the seats secured in 2014. The detailed report also said the fathers of 888 qualifying students practiced agriculture whereas fathers of 232 students were doctors and of 466 students were engineers. The fathers of 1548 qualifying students were involved in business while mothers of 6690 selected students were housewives with a modest level of education. The fathers of 479 students were teachers while of 2989 qualifying students were government employees.
A considerable number of students from low earning families have earned seats in IITs this time with over 1600 students coming from families where the father’s annual income is less than Rs one lakh. Meanwhile, 1500 students come from families where the annual income of fathers is over Rs 8 lakh.
As for the education background of parents, the study said fathers of about 1100 qualifying students are only metric pass (Class X) while fathers of about 250 are illiterate. The mothers of nearly 900 students are illiterate. The report also mentions that every fifth of the qualifying students had prepared for the exam in Kota.