Of the 70 seats offered during the fifth round of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) admissions on Monday, only one seat at IIT-Bhubaneshwar went unclaimed.
After the fifth round, about 421 seats now remain available across all the IIT institutes — including the one at IIT-Bhubaneshwar.
“This particular seat is in the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category and there seems to be no candidate eligible for the seat anymore. Therefore, it is not being allotted anymore,” said the official from Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA).
In the latest round, which ended on Sunday, the 70 seats allotted were reassigned after their rejection by the students in the previous rounds.
Of the 69 seats that were claimed, most were from IITKharagpur, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, Indian School of Mines (ISM) Dhanbad and IITTirupati.
IIT-Bombay has no seats left vacant after the second round of allotment.
“Since students are allowed to withdraw admissions till the sixth round, many seats are still vacant. We have two more rounds after this and hopefully there will be no vacancy this year,” said an official from the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE-Adv) office.
Last year, 76 seats remained vacant across IITs after six rounds of admissions.
“No withdrawal of admission will be allowed in the seventh and final round, and we hope no seat will remain vacant till then,” added an official from JoSAA.
The sixth and seventh round will be held on July 18 and July 21, respectively.
This is the third year that JoSAA is conducting admissions for IITs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs) and a total of seven rounds of seat allotment will take place this time round.
There are 36,208 seats available across 97 institutes including all IITs, NITs, IIITs as well as GFTI (Government Funded Technical Institutes) . Of these 10,988 seats are in IITs.