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Andhra board beats Bengal in IIT race

New Delhi, July 5: Students from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) continued to dominate the IIT selections with about 55 per cent shortlisted candidates invited for admission this year.

The Andhra Pradesh Board of Intermediate Education (APBIE) follows the CBSE on the list, with 20 per cent students invited for admission. The performance of students from boards in eastern Indian states remains negligible.

The IITs today completed the first round of seat allocation, covering 9,060 students. There are about 650 seats left, for which two more rounds of counselling will be conducted, JEE-Advanced chairman Professor M. Panigrahi, of IIT Kharagpur, told The Telegraph.

This year, IIT Kharagpur co-ordinated the JEE-Advanced, the test for selection of IIT students. It had invited about 18,000 successful candidates to fill in choices for institutes and courses.

“The domination of CBSE students in IIT selection is a usual trend. They always constitute about 50 per cent of total shortlisted candidates,” Panigrahi said.

Admission to IITs is now done through a two-tier entrance test. The CBSE conducts the JEE-Main while IITs hold the JEE-Advanced. The IITs consider the JEE-Main as the first filter; only those who clear this tier are allowed to take the JEE-Advanced.

Nearly 13 lakh students sat the JEE-Main this year, of whom about 1.54 lakh were declared eligible to take the JEE-Advanced. Based on the JEE-Advanced results, about 18,000 top-ranking students were invited to list their choices for courses and institutes.

Last year, 17 per cent students invited for admission were from the Andhra board. An IIT Delhi professor attributed the success of these students to private coaching and better awareness.

“The concentration of private coaching centres in Andhra Pradesh is very high. Most students getting selected from Andhra get private coaching,” he said.

The performance of students from boards in eastern Indian states --- West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, Odisha Council of Higher Secondary Education, Bihar Intermediate Education Council, Assam Higher Secondary Education Council and Jharkhand Academic Council — is poor. Less than one per cent students invited for admission are from the Bengal board.

The IIT Delhi teacher said regional board students from these states seemed less keen to sit for the IIT entrance test.

“Students from the regional board of Andhra Pradesh are more keen to appear for the national entrance than their counterparts in Odisha, Bengal or Bihar. The regional board students in eastern states mainly focus on state-level institutions,” he said.

There are hardly any students from international boards such as International Baccalaureate and the General Certificate of Education, Cambridge University, in the list of shortlisted candidates. An International Baccalaureate student found a place in the list; two from the Cambridge system were invited for admission.

The JEE-Advanced chairman said there were 217 courses on offer in 16 IITs and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. The top students have opted for courses such as computer science, electrical/electronics/ civil engineering etc.

Over 50 of the top 100 rank- holders have opted for admission into IIT Bombay this year. About 30 have chosen IIT Delhi and 10 IIT Madras.