For years, getting into the elite IITs was all about choosing and joining the right coaching class. All that seems to have changed now. This year’s results show that seven out of every 10 students short-listed for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) come from just three of the country’s various school boards. This year’s JEE Advanced results reveal that 72.77 per cent who qualified belong to CBSE (57.87 per cent), Andhra Pradesh (8.14 per cent) and Maharashtra (6.75 per cent) boards.
Further, 82.81 per cent who qualified JEE Advanced 2015 come from just five boards, the remaining two being Rajasthan (6.08 per cent) and CISCE (3.95 per cent). While 124,741 candidates registered this year, 117,238 appeared and 26,456 qualified. According to figures given by IIT Bombay, the organising IIT for JEE Advanced 2015, on number of qualified candidates from different Class 12 Boards, the top five were 15,311 (CBSE), 2,155 (Andhra Pradesh), 1,787 (Maharashtra), 1,610 (Rajasthan) and 1,047 (CISCE).
“There are aspects in JEE Advanced which overlap with the CBSE curriculum. Further, students may also be doing well from places like Andhra Pradesh or Rajasthan due to coaching hubs there. More analysis is required to ascertain why more students from other boards are not qualifying,” said an IIT Bombay faculty. The remaining boards account for 3,993 students or just 15.09 per cent of those who could qualify. Further, the Karnataka board with 217 and Kerala board with 106 students who qualified, are at the bottom of the ladder.