Aspirants get more time to choose institutes

Jun 28, 2016 12:02 PM IST

MUMBAI: Students seeking admission in Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and National Institutes of Technology (NIT) have been given more time to choose their institutes and courses.

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The Joint Seat Allocation Authority ( JoSAA), which is conducting admissions to the institutes, announced on Monday that the deadline for online applications has been extended till June 29.

This is to ensure that all candidates finish the process before the final allocation of seat begins. JoSAA also announced mock seat allotment, which is done to give students an idea of where they will be placed based on their choices. Students are asked to fill as many options as possible, in the descending order of preference.

“The mock allotment is done to give students an idea of what to expect. They should not consider this the final word. The first round of allotment will take place on Thursday, after which they can confirm their seats,” said a professor from IIT-Guwahati.

This year, JoSAA has introduced the option of withdrawal admission of students who are not happy with the seat allotment and want an institute closer to their home. The feature was introduced after IIT aspirants last year complained about not being happy with the allotments.

Rules do not allow a change after a student accepts a seat at an IIT and the student also will not be allowed to appear for JEE (Advanced) the next year to improve their score.

“Students can not only withdraw admissions, but also get an option to take a year-long break and reappear for the exam next year. It also works in favour of the institute because then, only interested candidates will opt for admissions,” said a senior professor from IIT-Bombay.

Sriram Balasubramanian from Nerul, who bagged the 4th rank in JEE (Mains), has been ranked 92 in JEE (Advanced). “I’m happy because as per the mock allotment, I have been allotted a course and institute of my choice, which is electrical engineering at IIT-Bombay. I hope the final allotment doesn’t change this,” said Sriram.

Till Monday evening, 1.54 lakh candidates had registered on the website for admissions and filled up to 1.2 crore options in their forms. For IITs alone, over 32000 registrations have been accepted along with 37.75 lakh options The first round of allotments will be announced on June 30, Thursday.

This year, JoSAA will conduct four rounds of seat allocation for academic programmes for 92 institutes.


    Shreya Bhandary is a Special Correspondent covering higher education for Hindustan Times, Mumbai. Her work revolves around finding loopholes in the current education system and highlighting the good and the bad in higher education institutes in and around Mumbai.

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