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IIT-Bombay top choice for engineering aspirants

July 4, 2014


Mumbai: JEE (Advanced) 2014 counselling for successful candidates at IITs is over and IIT-Bombay continues to be the top choice for engineering aspirants with 58 of the top 100 rankers joining the institution.

Computer Science emerged as the most popular course with out of top 10 rankers, nine opted for the course in at IIT-B, said a newspaper report.

IIT-Delhi and Chennai emerged in the second and third position after IIT-Bombay. A total of 36 out of top 100 have been admitted at IIT-Delhi.

The number of admits for the Computer Science course for IIT-B has however fallen compared to that in 2013 that was 67.

Thirty-six students were allotted seats at IIT-D, as opposed to last year's 29. IIT-B director Devang Khakhar said he was happy that 44 of the top 50 rankers have opted for the Powai institute.

Students may have placed more importance to the stream over the location and once seats in computer science were filled up, they looked at the other IITs, said IIT-B director Devang Khakhar.

The only woman candidate in the top 10 ranks, Aditi, who got the seventh rank, chose to go for computer science at IIT-Delhi. Computer science was among the most popular choices at IIT-B and IIT-D followed by electrical ngineering among the top 100 ranks. Only one signed up for a dual degree programme in computer science at IIT-D and the rest chose the flagship B. Tech programmes at IIT-B, IIT-D, IIT-M and IIT-K.

Popular coaching hub Andhra Pradesh this year presented with 50 of the top 100 rankers, but IIT-Madras closest to the state managed to admit only four among the top 100 are headed for IIT-Madras, though up to 30 per cent top rankers used to choose Chennai earlier.

Food apparently is the reason behind the dip. "Students have often said IIT-M does not have the kind of food that Bombay or Delhi have. But all our students are good, whether they are in the top 100 or below," said an IIT-M dean.

Twenty years ago, IIT-Kharagpur did not receive a single student from the top 100 this year. New IITs like that the one at Roorkee and Guwahati haven't got a single student from the top slots.

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