AFTER THE FIFTH ROUND, ONLY 67 SEATS HAD REMAINED VACANT. BUT THE FIGURE SHOT UP TO 468 AFTER THE COMPLETION OF SIXTH ROUND ON FRIDAY
MUMBAI: The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are faced with students withdrawing admissions this year, leaving hundreds of seats vacant across their 23 campuses. Figures revealed by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) shows that 468 of 10,988 total seats have remained vacant after six rounds of admission. After the fifth round, only 67 seats had remained vacant. But the figure shot up to 468 after the completion of sixth round on Friday with officials attributing this trend to students not willing to compromise on their preferred IIT or course.
Last year, only 73 seats remained vacant after six admission rounds. The seventh and final round of seat allotment was announced on Friday evening, and all seats except for one from IIT-Bhubaneshwar, were re-allotted to eligible candidates.
“Students seem to be very clear of the institute and course they want to pursue, and it looks like many are open to taking a year-long break and re-applying for IITs next year. Maximum withdrawal of admissions has happened in rounds five and six this time,” said an official from JoSAA.
“Except for one seat in the ST category at IIT-Bhubaneshwar which has no eligible candidate, remaining 467 vacant seats have been re-allotted in the final round,” he added.
According to figures made public by JoSAA on Friday evening, maximum vacant seats are available at IIT (BHU) Varanasi with 80 seats finding no takers, followed by 79 seats at the Indian School of Mines (ISM) Dhanbad, 44 seats in IIT-Kharagpur, 33 seats in IIT Roorkee and 24 seats in IIT Bhubaneshwar amongst others.