The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) has emerged the clear favourite amongst highest scorers in the joint entrance exam (JEE) held recently for the eight premier tech institutes.
The first allotment of seats indicates that IIT-B is the first preference of the top eight all-India rankers in JEE. Nearly 70 of the top 100 scorers have also sought and received admission to IIT-B.
The highest number of candidates from the common merit list — 710 students or 81% of the total — have also opted for IIT-B, while IIT-Delhi is a close second with 654 students from the open category opting for it. A similar trend was observed last year as well, when eight students from the top 10 had selected IIT-B.
However, this year, the first five toppers have chosen the institute.
While IIT-B had slumped two notches in the recent QS Asian university rankings, it remains the most preferred institute amongst several high-scoring candidates of JEE. “IIT-B offers a very cosmopolitan environment. It has some of the best academic and extra curricular activities, which is also a major lure for students,” said Jaya Joshi, public relations officer, IIT-B.
Students say that more than the environment, IIT-B is popular because of its placements. Located in the financial capital of the country, IIT-B offers the best placements in companies located in Mumbai. “I chose IIT-B because it has brand value.
Companies pick you up just because of the -B tag. I was also lured by the campus, which is green and peaceful. Besides, since I live in here, it is close to home,” said SS Kaushik, one of toppers.
The first allotment figures were revealed on Tuesday.
A total of 13,197 candidates had qualified for IIT JEE-2011 counselling (seat allocation). Of them, 9,319 were allotted seats and 3,878 candidates did not get a seat due to various reasons.