CHENNAI: Five of the top 100 rank holders have opted to join IIT-Madras this year. IIT-Bombay attracted the best students with 67 of the top 100 rank holders choosing to study at the premier institution. IIT-Delhi secured the second place with 28 toppers choosing to study in the institution. Last year, IIT-Bombay was chosen by 65 top ranking students and IIT-Delhi by 30 students.
As far as IIT Madras is concerned, there is a slight improvement as only three of the top 100 rankers opted to join IIT Madras last year. The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) released results of the first round of allotment of seats in IITs and other Centrally-funded technological institutes in the country on Thursday. Though the top rank students wanted to study in IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi, in a saving grace, IIT Madras along with IIT Kharagpur has received more applications for the courses among the IITs. Recently, IIT Madras was ranked as top engineering institute in the country in ‘India Rankings 2016’ released by ministry of human resource development.
IIT JEE chairman G. Markandeyulu said, “This year many students had computer science engineering as their first preference followed by electrical and mechanical engineering.” IIT-Bombay’s computer science engineering course attracted the cream of students as the opening rank for the course is one and closing rank is 60. Even in IIT-Delhi and IIT-Madras top rank students opted to join computer science engineering course.
State topper in JEE (advanced) exams and all India 73rd rank holder R. Raghul selected computer science engineering in IIT-Madras. “There are more demands for computer science engineers. If we look at the placement records in IITs, even the other stream students were selected by IT companies,” he said. V. Kamakoti of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT-Madras, pointed out emergence of a new field ‘data sciences’ as one of the main reasons for CSE becoming favourite among top rankers. “It is the future and schemes like Digital India, Make in India also give a lot of options to CSE students,” he said.
Of the 3,749 students who appeared for Joint Entrance Exam (advanced) from Tamil Nadu, 650 have qualified for admissions in IITs. Totally 10,575 seats are available across 22 IITs and 33,566 qualified for admissions....