The first round of counselling for the Indian Institutes of Technology closed on Sunday with IIT-Bombay emerging as the top choice after the first round of seat-allotment announced by the JEE on July 2, two days ahead of the scheduled date, with IIT-Delhi and IIT-Madras coming next.
Of the top 100 students, 67 have opted for IIT Bombay, 29 for IIT Delhi and 4 have chosen IIT Madras. Among different streams, computer engineering is the most popular branch followed by electrical and mechanical.
The most preferred course among the candidates was computer engineering.
The first round of seat allotment for the IITs could be announced on July 3.
Meanwhile, admission to various National Institutes of Technology (NITs) seems to move towards more complexity after being mired in legal tussles.
While the Andhra Pradesh high court had issued a notice to the HRD ministry on a petition challenging the normalisation procedure on July 27, the Delhi high court on Monday asked the respondents to file a reply within three weeks on a similar petition challenging the normalisation process.
The way normalisation is being worked out, it could result in a student with high score in JEE (Main) and not so low percentage in Class 12 (say 90%) could have a rank much lower than a friend who scored less in JEE (Main) but had a higher percentage in the board results.
The procedure has been opposed by a large section of students and parents claiming that it is discriminatory.
While issuing notice to the HRD ministry and the executive director JEE (Main), the Andhra Pradesh high court had given an interim order that the selection of students for admission to NITs and centrally-funded institutes shall be subject to further orders.
Students who had applied to the NITs were expecting their rank list on July 1. Considering the uncertainty that hangs over the normalisation formula of the NIT exam, less popular institutes like ISM Dhanbad and some new IITs may gain popularity.