Despite the hype over IITs, more than 26,000 students who were shortlisted for the JEE (advanced) this year, have not registered for the exam for admission to the 16 IITs, registrations for which closed on Friday.
According to sources, of the top 1,53,981 students who had been selected from the JEE (main), 1,26,990 have registered for the JEE(advanced) exam to be held on May 25. Around the same number of students had not registered for the exam last year as well.
“There are many students who do not want to be away from their home and parents. There are some states which are no more conducting their own engineering exam. In such a case, the child prefers to take admission in a state engineering college on the basis of his rank in JEE(main),” said HC Gupta, JEE (advanced) 2013 chairperson.
Eight students from Nepal and Bhutan had also qualified for the exam this year. It is not sure whether they have registered or not.
Students from Andhra Pradesh, UP and Rajasthan accounted for nearly 38% of those who have qualified for JEE(advanced). More than 12 lakh students had appeared for JEE(main).
Those who could not make it to JEE(advanced) will seek admission to NITs and other centrally funded institutes according to their final score, which will be known on July 7 after all the board results are out.