Engineers triumphed once again when the Common Admission Test (CAT) results were announced on Wednesday, comprising 9 of the 10 who scored 100 percentile.
The other is a BSc student at a college in Delhi. Of the 9, 8 are from Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and one from a National Institute of Technology. Five of the 10 students are still in the final year of their studies.
"Engineering students doing well is a continuation of earlier trends and is consistent with previous years' results," said SSS Kumar, CAT convener for 2012.
To bring in more women and non-engineers, the Indian Institutes of Management had last year announced measures such as reducing the weightage for CAT and awarding additional points for diversity of background.
"Engineering education itself prepares you for the quantitative section of the paper and data interpretation," said Sumit Patil, 22, an IIT Madras student and one of the toppers. "That reduces the burden and helps you concentrate in the verbal section."
Four girls who scored 99.99 percentile, the highest among girls, are from engineering backgrounds.
Interview shortlists will be released by the IIMs over the next few days.
As percentage, architecture students did the best, with 11.8% of 95 percentile and more scorers from that discipline. Engineering students made up 6.8% of the cream followed by medical (4.1%), sciences (2.7%) and commerce (1.3%), ending with students from arts and humanities (1%).
While some of the high scorers are working professionals, some in their final year have job offers in hand and will be weighing their options.
"I am pretty confused but I will be considering my options," said Siddharth Sharma, 21, a final year student at IIT Kanpur, who was among the toppers. "Right now I am just happy to have done well."
Jaskaran Singh Sachdeva, 24, an NIT Bhopal graduate with a 100 percentile score has been working in Infosys since 2010, and had given the CAT on his fourth attempt in 2012."I was much more mentally prepared this time compared to previously," said Sachdeva.