With four new IITs, students appearing for the Joint Entrance Exam, Advanced (JEE Advanced) on May 24 stand a better chance of landing a seat at one of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) compared to last year with a 7% increase in probability.
While each new IITs’ intake capacity of 100 to 120 seats is one of main reasons for the increase in chances, there has also been a dip in the number of students. Only 1.2 lakh students will be appearing for the exam, compared to around 1.4 lakh last year.
Last year, around 9,800 BTech seats were up for grabs across 16 IITs. The number is now expected to cross 10,500, said officials from IIT Bombay.
The new IITs include the ones in Goa, Palakkad, Tirupathi and Chattisgarh. The fifth IIT, proposed in Jammu is yet to take off. The Indian School of Mines (ISM) Dhanbad will also be converted to an IIT next year.
The cut-off to appear for the JEE Advanced has also come down to 105 from 115 last year, coupled with the new rule that students scoring 75% or more in board exams will also be eligible for admissions, bettering their chances.
“The new IITs will surely increase the chances of students vying for a seat at IITs, however concerns such as lack of proper campuses and sustaining faculty are worrying,” Gautam Biswas, director, IIT Guwahati said.
Echoing Biswas’s concern, Dhiraj Sanghi, professor of computer science at IIT Kanpur said even now the eight IITs established between 2008 and 2009 are still facing the same issues.
Devang Khakhar, director of IIT Bombay said the new IITs will be mentored by the old ones. “There will be mentoring in form of sending faculty members and providing guidance, “he said.