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Bombay zone shines on

mumbai Updated: May 27, 2010 00:44 IST
Kiran Wadhwa
Kiran Wadhwa
Hindustan Times
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The results of one of the most competitive entrance tests — Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) — the qualifying exam for the Indian Institutes of Technology were declared on Wednesday.

The Bombay zone that has consistently had a higher success rate than other zones, inched past the Madras zone with slightly more than 4 per cent of those who appeared for the entrance exam, qualifying.

The Madras zone’s success rate is slightly less than 4 per cent.

The Bombay zone comprises Goa, Gujurat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

A total of 4,55,571 aspirants took the test, of which 12,676 have qualified. There are 9,509 seats in the 15 IITs and IT-
BHU Varanasi and ISM Dhanbad. The first list will be announced on June 28.

For the last two years, the Bombay zone has got a success rate of 4.1 per cent.

“One reason for this could be that Rajasthan is part of the Bombay zone where the coaching hub Kota is located,” said Anil Kumar, IIT-Bombay JEE chairperson.

“The success rate has been maintained despite one state, Madhya Pradesh, being removed from the Bombay zone this year. From Mumbai city alone, 490 of 12,987 students who appeared for JEE, qualified, which is pretty good.”

Though Mumbai has not made it to the top ten rankers list, 22 of the top 100 ranks are from the Bombay zone.

Most of the 100 rankers are from the Madras zone (32).

“But when this range is expanded to the top 1,000 ranks, more students from the Bombay zone (278) figure in the list than Madras (252),” added Kumar.

This year all 27 per cent of the OBC quota will be implemented. Of the 1,27,760 OBC students who appeared 2,357 have qualified. But there are 2,576 seats reserved for them. The excess seats will be transferred to the open category.