Like the past six years, IIT-Bombay zone, home to Kota, will send the largest pool of students to the Indian Institutes of Technology. Top honours, however, went to the southern zone that produced possibly the youngest-ever rank 1 – 16-year-old Prudhvitej Immadi of Hyderabad – and bagged four other slots in the top 10.
Of the seven zones (sliced on the basis of the old IITs), the western region saw the highest number of students qualify – 3,336. IIT-Madras zone will send 3,126 candidates to the 15 tech schools. Delhi zone took third place with 2,138 successful candidates, with Dravyansh Sharma of DPS Ghaziabad ranking seventh overall.
Among the top-100 students, 32 come from the western zone while 30 are from the south. The IIT-Bombay zone has the highest number of candidates in the top 1,000 ranks — 290. The best ratio of number of students who appeared to those who qualified in the JEE went to IIT-Madras zone. In all, 13,602 students cleared the exam.
"Only 481 students of the 8,325 students who took the JEE from Mumbai city qualified. Another 1,508 candidates out of 39,483 from Rajasthan, many of whom prepared from coaching centres in Kota, made the cut," said Jaya Joshi, IIT-Bombay's public relation officer.
In all, of the 4.68 lakh students who took the JEE in April, 13,602 qualified; another 400-odd candidates have been shortlisted to join the year-long preparatory course.
Rajasthan boy Shubham Mehta topped the IIT-Bombay zone at AIR2 (All India Rank); Dravyansh Sharma (rank 7) from the IIT-Delhi region; Archit Gupta (rank 14) was on top in the IIT-Kanpur area; Ankit Jalan (rank 45) from the IIT-Kharagpur zone; Kunal Chawla (rank 6) from the IIT-Roorkee region and Amol (rank 41) from the IIT-Guwahati zone were the region-wise toppers.
Overall scores and subject-wise cut-offs went up a bit. Faculty attributed the rise to the errors in the question paper, for which the IITs had no option but to give marks to everyone.
IIT-Kanpur director said across India, the performance of reserved category students improved. Of the 2,545 OBC candidates who qualified, 1,540 made it to the common merit list. In case of SC students, of the 1,950 who qualified, 122 made it without the handicap of score relaxation and of the 645 ST candidates shortlisted to join the IITs, 33 made it to the common rank list.
In all, the 15 IITs, IT-BHU and ISM Dhanbad, have 9,618 seats. Of these, 4,858 are for the general category, 2,597 for OBCs, 1442 for SCs and 721 for STs.