Allotted seats in most IITs are over capacity, only 6 have few vacancies

At the end of the IIT admission season, 16,635 seats have been allotted to the 23 institutes after six rounds of the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) counseling process that ended last month. Although there are still some vacancies left in the smaller IITs, statistics show that the cumulative seat allotment exceeds the capacity — 16,598 — declared at the start of the admission process.

According to the data shared by the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced)-2022 office at IIT Bombay, out of 16,635 allotments, 3,310 are women candidates, including those adjusted based on supernumerary seats. Likewise, 102 seats have been qualified as preparatory candidates.

Only six IITs – Jodhpur, Ropar, Dharwad, Jammu, (BHU) Varanasi and (ISM) Dhanbad – have some vacant seats. Most other IITs especially Mumbai, Delhi, Kharagpur and Madras have additional allocation. “This is a general trend in IITs… the seat allotment at the end of the process is more than the initially announced capacity. This happens due to conditions like tiebreaker candidates, supernumerary seats for foreign candidates and other aspects” , explained a professor at IIT Delhi.

This year, 66 candidates with foreign nationality have been awarded seats. The highest, 31 of them have been allotted seats in IIT Bombay, while IIT Madras stands second with 23 candidates. In the distribution of top 1000 ranks of JEE Advanced qualified candidates, IIT Bombay has the highest number with an intake of 246 of them. It is followed by IIT Delhi with 210 candidates.

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