Mumbai has improved to fourth position on the chart from sixth last year. Lucknow is a new entrant to the top club. In the last two years, Jaipur, Delhi, Hyderabad, Vijay awada, Patna and Mumbai, in that order, sent most students to the IITs. The line up was similar in 2013.
This time, out of 14,385 candidates who qualified to join the IITs, those from 15 cities comprise 50% of the students who made the cut. Till last year, fewer cities do minated the list and half of those who qualified for the IITs came from only eight locations. The city-wise data has been analyzed by the IITs, based on the communication address provided by the aspirants. Most students, said faculty , provide their permanent address so that no correspondence is lost.
“We were noticing the slow rise of Delhi since a few years. Mumbai and its satellite towns too have a better rank. But if one goes by the absolute numbers, we see that there has been an overall drop in candidates from all these cities,” said a JEE chairman.
Each of the top three cities in this year’s list–Delhi, Jaipur and Hyderabad–historically saw about 2,000 students qualify for the IITs each year. But the distribution of students is rather different this year. Interestingly, Vijayawada which saw 1,448 students qualify in 2014, witnessed a meteoric drop in the number this year.
The fall in numbers from the big metros has been accompanied by an increase in students from smaller towns and more cities sent students to the IITs this year.”While diversity adds richness to the classroom, each edition of the JEE hopes to be more inclusive so that students from every corner of the country can make it to our campus,” said another JEE chairman. “We also feel that while coaching class-trained students from the metros and the big cities come with a certain mindset, those from the smaller towns are also equally sharp and go on to achieve big things,” he added.