IITs losing charm? 70K opt out of JEE (Advanced)

Kota (Rajasthan): Despite qualifying JEE Mains, over 70,000 students have chosen not to appear in the IIT Advanced this year.

Based on the JEE Mains score, 2.31 lakh students had qualified for the Advanced examination this year. Of these, only 1,60,716 students have filled in the form for the Advanced examination. For the past three years, the IITs have been increasing the number of students to be allowed to appear in the Advanced exam so that more students can get the opportunity to study at the country’s premier technology institutes. In the year 2016, the quota was raised to 2 lakh. In 2017, this number was increased to 2.20 lakh. However, due to the dropping out of thousands of students this year, only 14 students, instead 21, will be in the race for each IIT seat in the country.

According to the rules, students are given two chances to write the advanced examination and three chances to write the Mains. Even if the student clears the Mains on the third attempt, they are not allowed to sit in the Advanced exam. Because of this, many students do not want to waste their rank and instead take admission into NITs on the same rank.


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