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IIT-Bombay zone shines, but Madras has more toppers

mumbai Updated: May 26, 2011 00:42 IST
Kiran Wadhwa
Kiran Wadhwa
Hindustan Times
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The IIT-Bombay zone once again emerged ahead of the rest of the country with more students qualifying in the Indian Institutes of Technology - Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE). But when it comes to qualifying percentage, the IIT-Madras zone had a higher qualifying percentage (4.9%) than the IIT-B zone (4.03%).

The JEE is the entrance criteria for the 15 IITs and IT-BHU Varanasi and ISM Dhanbad. A total number of 4.68 lakh candidates appeared for the JEE and 13,602 candidates have qualified for 9,618 seats. In the IIT-Bombay zone, which comprises Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, 3,336 out of 82,585 candidates have made it to the list followed by Madras with 3,126 out of 62,880 qualifying. JEE coaching class hub, Kota, falls under the IIT-B zone. “While last time, the qualifying mark to make it to the list was 190, this time it is 229,”said Avinash Mahajan, vice chairperson, IIT-Bombay JEE. The IIT awarded 14 marks to students due to errors in the paper.

“Three students from the IIT-B zone are in the top ten.” IIT-Madras zone has five students among the top ten. “Hyderabad is now emerging as a coaching destination,” said Avjit Chatterjee, chairperson, IIT-Bombay JEE.

In Mumbai city alone, 481 out of 8,325 students have qualified. The IIT-B zone has the highest number of students in the top 100 (32), top 500 (147), top 1,000 (290) and top 2,000 (533). Of those qualified in the zone, 327 students are girls. Of the 599 OBC candidates who have qualified from the zone, 375 students are on the common merit list.