Rise in successful students from reserved categories
The results of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Advanced conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) that were announced on June 17 have seen an increase in the number of successful students from the reserved category. Of the 26,456 students who qualified after appearing for both paper 1 and 2, nearly 10,000 students belonging to the Other Backward Caste (OBC), Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories qualified for admission to the 18 IITs and the school of mines at Dhanbad.
According to statistics released by IIT-B, of the 26,456 students who qualified, 15,683 are from the open category, followed by 6,455 from the OBC (non-creamy layer), 2,571 from SC and 1,747 from the ST category. Experts say that this has by far been the best performance by students belonging to reserved categories and throw light on the improving academic standards among the students from such communities.
“There is an increased awareness among students belonging to the various reserved categories regarding the importance of education. In addition to this, the various initiatives taken up by different agencies for their upliftment has also contributed to the improved performance by the students,” said Sanjay Wairal, president of the SC/ST/OBC Student and Teacher Association.
Commenting on the statistics, Mr Wairal said that while the students from reserved categories (75,240) who appeared for the JEE Advanced outnumbered the open category students (48,501), the pass percentage needs further improvement.
“Though 10,773 students from the three categories were successful this year, which is an improvement over the 7,735 who passed last year, the ratio of passing students needs to improve as the number of students appearing from the three categories are 50 per cent more than the open category students,” he added.
In all, there are 10,006 seats among the 18 IITs and Indian School of Mines at Dhanbad. IIT-Bombay still enjoys pride of place among the toppers as 151 students from the top 500 have opted for the institute. In all, 6,838 students of the 26,456 who qualified have opted for IIT-B. IIT-Madras is the next most preferred choice with 4,928 students opting for it. Also, five of the top 10 qualifiers have opted for it.