First Choice For JEE Toppers: IIT Bombay, Then IIT Delhi

| July 28 , 2017 , 09:11 IST

While all the elite Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are illustrious, for JEE toppers, the first choice is IIT-Bombay, followed by IIT-Delhi, based on admissions conducted this year.

From the top 100 JEE rankers, 65 chose IIT Bombay, with the majority opting for the computer science specialisation. A clear second is IIT Delhi as 31 of the top 100 JEE rankers took their admissions in the national capital branch of IIT. From the top 500 rankers of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) a total of 201 students have taken admission in IIT Bombay, followed by 137 of the top 500 taking admission in IIT Delhi.

"I think students are coming here because of the perception that it is the best institute. In all the rankings, we are pretty high on the student perception level," said IIT-Bombay director Devang Khakhar to media.

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However, just 20 years ago, IIT Kharagpur was the top choice for engineering students, followed by IIT Madras and IIT Kanpur.

"While IIT-Bombay and Delhi were still building themselves, Kharagpur's students occupied top positions in big firms," said a former JEE chairman.

This year, the three old favourites only received around 50 students each from the top 500 ranks.

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The more recently established IITs are also picking up in terms of high ranking admissions, such as IIT Hyderabad which got 23 rankers from the top 1,000 and IIT Indore which got 3 from the top 1,000.

"We have brought about a lot of academic innovations," said IIT-Hyderabad director U B Desai. "We have changed the academic structure. We have adopted the fractal method, wherein we have broken up the first semester into small modules with the latest development in engineering."

According to experts, there are various reasons as to why the preference of IIT branches has changed, such as geography, to placement records to advice from well-wishers.