The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), which had 84 vacancies across 18 institutes after the second round of joint seat allocation, are confident that none of the seats will remain vacant after the third round that started on Saturday and will end on July 21.
While the institutes in Mumbai and Delhi have filled up all their seats, IIT-Madras had six, Tirupathi had three and Palakkad had eight vacancies after the second round.
“In the second round, most students have moved from NITs to IITs. Eighty per cent of the vacant seats are in branches such as bio-science engineering and physics. We are confident all our seats will be full by the end of round three,” said a chairperson of JEE-Advanced 2015.
Close to 1,000 students were upgraded to their higher choice of institutes or courses under the betterment option. “For several students, the branch was important than the institute. We saw students giving up mechanical engineering in IIT-Kanpur to pursue computer science in IIT-Roorkee,” said another JEE Advanced official.