At 16,598, the IIT seats show a marginal increase over last year

A total of 16,598 seats are available in the 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) this year, including 1,567 supernumerary seats for women candidates. This represents a marginal increase in the number of seats compared to last year.

The total number of candidates who appeared for JEE (Advanced) this year was 1,56,089.

The admission process for top technology institutes across the country will begin from September 12, a day after the results of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced are declared.

The much awaited seat matrix for this year’s admission process has finally been declared by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA).

There is a marginal increase in total seats in all 23-IITs from 16,232 last year to 16,598 this year. Even the supernumerary places offered to female students, an initiative to encourage gender diversity in prestigious institutes of technology, has seen a marginal increase from 1,534 last year to 1,567 this year.

“The Ministry of Education, Government of India has taken several initiatives to improve female enrollment in IITs. Several IITs (including IIT Bombay) conduct open house outreach events, with the aim of encouraging female students to qualify and secure admission to IITs,” shared a JoSAA official.

Among the few popular IITs of yore, IIT Bombay has 1,360 seats to offer this year, while IIT Delhi has 1,209. IIT Madras, Kharagpur and Roorkee have 1,133, 1,869 and 1,353 seats to offer respectively. All these seats include the supernumerary seats offered for women candidates.

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After the JEE (Advanced) exam on Sunday, August 28, candidates had been eagerly waiting for the Matrix seat. Out of the total 2.5 lakh students who qualified for JEE (Advanced) after clearing JEE (Main); only 1,60,038 had registered for the entrance test. Finally, only 1,56,089 appeared for the test on August 28 at 577 centers in 124 cities.

The first seat allotment list is scheduled to be released on September 23.

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