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Most OBC students take quota route

The exact figure would be compiled only after the round three of admission gets over

Only a few candidates from the Other Backward Class have secured a seat in an institute of their choice in the open category this year in IITs. Most of them used their quota or relaxed score for

admission.

The exact figure would be compiled only after the round three of admission gets over. However,Dr H C Gupta,organising chairman of JEE (advanced) 2013,said only 100-140 OBC candidates would have taken the open category route. In all,7,436 students made it the common merit list (CML),of which 1,145 were from OBC category.

“Most OBC candidates don’t use the CML ranking as they don’t get their preferred institute or course. We have about 2,600 seats reserved for OBCs. Though we are yet to compile the exact numbers,preliminary assessment shows that about 100-145 OBCs could get a course/institute of their choice based on their CML ranking,” said Gupta.

Last year though 1,625 OBC candidates figured in the CML,only 56 made it to the institutes of their choice through the open category. To get into the common merit list this year,general category candidates had to score 10 in each subject (physics,chemistry and mathematics) and 35 per cent in aggregate.

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For the OBC list,a candidate had to score nine in each subject and 31.5 per cent in aggregate. For the SC/ST rank list,candidates had to score five in each subject and 17.5 per cent in aggregate.

Among SC and ST candidates,only 101 and 24 students,respectively,have made it to the common merit list. “Almost all SC and ST category students have used the reservation criterion for preferred course or institute,” Gupta said. In the SC category,2,982 students qualified as against 1,437 seats reserved for them,while 855 ST category students made it against 721 seats reserved.

The second round of admission is over. But 342 students did not turn up for admission and 274 used the exit policy. Subsequently,616 seats were thrown open for the third round. Gupta said that all seats in the general category,OBC and SC categories will be allotted after the third round. There are around 52 ST seats vacant,for which the IITs will run a preparatory course.