Sunil Sanghvi has his fingers crossed. At 8 am on Monday, the 18-year-old will come to know whether he stands a chance to get into any Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
For the last two years, Sanghvi has been pouring over textbooks, preparing for the tough IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). He hopes his efforts will pay off.
On Monday, as the JEE 2009 results will be announced, Sanghvi, along with about 3.95 lakh IIT aspirants across India, will anxiously log on to the Internet to see if they have qualified for any one of the 15 IITs.
“I didn’t concentrate on my Class 12 exams as much as I did for the JEE exam. Even during my Board exams, I would spend an hour with my JEE books. For me, qualifying for the IITs will be a dream come true,” said Sanghvi.
This year, the race has got tougher with an increase of about 40 per cent in the number of students appearing for the JEE. About 3.95 lakh students are vying for about 7,300 seats. Last year, 3.11 lakh students competed for 6,872 seats.
Apart from the existing 13 IITs, this year, two more IITs — IIT-Indore and IIT-Himachal Pradesh — will open and offer 120 seats each.
The seven old IITs will implement 18 per cent to Other Backward Classes reservation this year while the new IITs will implement the 27 per cent.
Last year’s vacant seats in the SC and ST categories will be added to the seats this year. This year will see a 50 per cent relaxation in SC/ST cut-off as against last year’s 40 per cent.
As seats reserved for physically disabled (PD) candidates (three per cent) are often vacant, the IIT Joint Admission Board has decided to conduct year-long preparatory courses for PD students.
“Since PD seats hardly get filled, we have decided to introduce one year preparatory courses after which the unfilled seats will be opened up for them,” said Gautam Barua, IIT-Guwahati director.
Individual IITs will offer a second round of admissions to fill up vacant seats, he added.