The seat allocation for the second round of admissions to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institute of Technology (NIT) and other centrally- funded technical institutes began on Monday with 591 seats across IITs and 4,274 seats in NITs were allotted to students.
The first round, which ended on Sunday, saw 591 vacant seats across 18 IITs out of the 10,006 allotted, while NITs reported a vacancy of 4,338 seats out of the 17,808 allotted across the 30 NITs.
Students will now have four more days to either freeze the seats they have been allotted or wait for the third round to accept their choices, said officials at IIT Bombay (IIT-B).
The first joint seat allocation is being conducted by IIT-B this year where close to 34,000 seats across 84 institutes (including IITs and NITs) are up for grabs. After the first round of allocation, 7,335 seats remained vacant.
Out of the other centrally funded technical institutes, the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) allotted 826 seats in the second round.
The opening and closing rank for popular courses such as computer science and electrical engineering at top IITs remained more or less the same as for round one, which might keep a majority of students away from getting their preferred choices.
Officials, however, added that trend in admission pattern can only be derived after all three rounds of allocation and acceptance are over.
“We will get a clearer picture about the courses and institutes, which are the popular choices, once all the rounds are over,” said a senior admission official at IIT-B, requesting anonymity.