93 of top 100 JEE (Advanced) opt for IIT Bombay

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay continues to be the top choice among prospective IIT students with 93 of the top 100 candidates on the JEE-Advanced merit list opting for the premier institute as their first choice, while six opted for IIT-Delhi and one for IIT-Madras.

Of the top 100 candidates, after the first round of seat allotments, 69 eventually bagged a seat in IIT-Bombay. IIT-Delhi is a distant second, with 28 of the top 100 bagging a seat here, followed by three candidates getting into IIT-Madras, The Indian Express has found.

The findings are in line with the trend of previous years. Last year, 62 of the top 100 JEE (Advanced) rank-holders got into IIT-Mumbai, up from 58 in 2020.

Computer Science is the overwhelming choice among the top 100, with 99 of them opting for the stream. Of the 69 top rank-holders who bagged seats in IIT-Bombay, 68 got into Computer Science and 1 in Engineering Physics (the candidate had opted for the stream as first preference).

The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) on Friday released the first of six allotment lists, setting off the counselling process.

Prof Suryanarayana Doolla, who teaches at IIT-Bombay and is the organising chairman for JEE Advanced 2022, said that while the maximum number of preferences are for IIT-Kharagpur “due to the sheer number and variety of courses it offers, IIT-Bombay remains the most preferred choice of institute by top 100 JEE-Advanced rankers and largely for Computer Science & Engineering”.

Apart from Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are the other sought-after branches that have seen a high number of applications, he said.

The preferences of the top 100 are reflected among the top 500 JEE-Advanced rankers too – while 173 of them have found a seat in IIT-Bombay, 127 have got into IIT-Delhi. IIT-Madras, IIT-Kanpur and IIT-Kharagpur all have less than 50 from among the top 500 candidates.

According to Prof Deepankar Choudhury, HoD of Civil Engineering at IIT-Bombay and founding-member of JoSAA, this year’s numbers confirm what has been an admission trend for many years.

“Even though a lot of it is based on peer-reviews and popular trends, IIT-Bombay is one of the most sought-after institutions in India. Mumbai being the financial capital, all companies have a presence here. This leads to greater industry exposure for students, which comes in handy as engineering is about knowledge application. Apart from this, our extra-curricular activities also provide a great platform for students,” he said.

On Computer Science being the overwhelming stream of choice among the top rank-holders, IIT-Bombay Director Prof Subhasis Chaudhuri said it is seen as a “quick-result branch” among the youth.

“There are ample opportunities in the field… in jobs as well as other prospects. In the case of entrepreneurship, too, the gestation period is much smaller in
this sector. This generation knows what they want and they want it quickly.”

A total of 1,55,538 candidates appeared for the JEE(Advanced) held on August 28. Of them, 40,712 qualified – 6,516 of them girls – as the results were declared on September 11.

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The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) on Friday released the allotment list, the first of six rounds. According to JoSAA, this year, 16,598 seats were up for grabs across 23 IITs, including 1,567 supernumerary seats for girls.

“A total of 2,14,067 candidates registered for the seat allocation process through JoSAA this year, of whom 1,95,924 candidates have filled in their choices for seats in participating institutions,” said Prof. Doolla.

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