Computer Science first choice for JEE toppers


MUMBAI: Rank 1 may have chosen an American college over the premier Indian Institutes of Technology, but all India rank 2 opted for the most popular desi option: computer science at IIT Bombay. Seats at this engineering mecca went thick and fast and the CS stream closed at rank 63, reflecting the choice of most toppers. Of the top 100, 58 will go on to join IITB, fewer than last year’s 64.

At IIT Delhi, computer science opened at rank 31 to close at 104 and at Madras, Jai Murhekar, who secured rank 49 joined CS and admissions closed at rank 157. A number of factors have been responsible for the choice that students make, from geography to gastronomy and placement records to what coaching classes preach students.

“We know the toppers opt for IIT Bombay because of the quality of education they get here. This is a melting pot, attracting students from across the country; the academic ambience, the rigour and the research make academic life here competitive and we see that since the last 8-10 years similar number of toppers come to our campus,” said IITB director Subhasis Chaudhari.

Chirag Falor, the topper of JEE (Advanced) 2020 having decided not to take admission in any of the IITs as he has already taken admission in Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Interestingly, rank 25 opted for electrical engineering over CS in Powai, with the programme closing admissions at 288. And of the top 100, rank 68 opted for aerospace engineering. The reordering of preferences, said another director, is reflective of previous years trends too, apart from students’ keen desire to pursue a certain branch. But some IITs have lost sheen over the years. Once, getting past the gates of IIT Kanpur gave candidates a demi god status.

This year, CS at IIT Kanpur opened at rank 111 to closed at 231, but among the younger institutes, rank 179 opted for IIT Hyderabad with CS closing there at 564. Interestingly, at IIT Kharagpur and Roorkee, the preferred choice of computer science opened at 180 (closing rank 284) and rank 255 at Roorkee to close at 421.

A new course BTech (Artificial Intelligence) at IIT Hyderabad was also among the popular choice with the programme opening at rank 434 and closing at 623. At IIT Delhi, mathematics and computing opened at rank 156, closed at 310.

Candidates who have been allotted seats and want to confirm their choices have to pay their fees by Monday 5pm. Seat allocation for round 2 will start by Wednesday.

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