Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Choice of toppers: IIT-Bombay
IIT Bombay (IIT-B) that has emerged as the most preferred destination for a large number of the top ranking candidates of the joint entrance examination (JEE).Of the top 100 rankers, 54 have opted for IIT-B, followed by IIT Delhi with 27 candidates. Again, while IIT Madras has 10 candidates among the first 100, IIT Kanpur with nine students is a close fourth. Among the top 200, IIT-B is again a winner with approximately 81 opting for it.The trend has been consistent since 2005 when 52 of the top 100 rankers had chosen IIT-B. The number was 46 in 2006. In 2007, of the top 100, 50 had opted for IIT-B, followed by IIT-Delhi (29), IIT Kanpur (15), IIT Madras (five) and IIT Kharagpur (one).While IIT Gandhinagar, for which IIT-B is the mentor institute, has ranks starting at 2,200 and closing at 3,900, IIT Hyderabad has received the best response.On any IIT campus, the top 100 students are considered to be the icing on the cake. Twenty years ago, IIT-Kharagpur was the engineering mecca. The oldest IIT of the country, it did not receive a single student from the top 100 this year. In 2004, only three of the top 100 went there.IIT Roorkee and Guwahati, haven't managed to get even a single student from the top slots to opt for them. Of the top 100 JEE rank holders, about 15% have opted for electrical engineering despite securing seats in computer science. IIT-Kanpur.Last year, computer science in IIT-Bombay opened at rank 1 and closed at rank 47. All 44 seats for the general category students were filled by JEE toppers who joined the Powai campus. Of the 50 top 100 JEE rankers who got into IIT-Bombay, 44 took up computer science and engineering. admissions opened in the new IITs at rank 600, the topper at IIT-Hyderabad chose electrical engineering. IIT-Gandhinagar also opened admissions with the same stream. The six new IITs offer popular courses like computer science and engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.