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464 seats in IITs vacant after first round of admissions

Mumbai: A total of 464 seats were lying unfilled after the first round of admissions at the Indian Institutes of Technology. Of these, 189 are from the open category with students who did not opt for a seat, either for not getting an institute or branch of their choice.
Last year, close to 630 seats were vacant in the IITs after the first round of centralised admissions. In 2018, the vacancies after the first round stood at 600. This year, the biggest chunk of seats is unfilled in IIT (ISM) Dhanbad which has 59 vacancies, followed by 49 in IIT (BHU) Varanasi. The oldest IIT in Kharagpur has 44 unfilled seats. IIT Madras has 30 and IIT Bombay has 25 that are still up for grabs.
Despite the increase in number of seats in IITs, the vacancies post round one are a lot lower that what they were in the previous year. “The vacancies in IITs will get filled in the subsequent rounds,” said a JEE (Advanced) chairman. The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) is a centralised process for admissions to IITs, NITs, IIITs and other GFTIs. The vacant seats were reallotted in the second round.
If one looks at the category-wise break-up of vacant seats, 114 seats for the OBC category were unfilled. As per the JoSAA rules, a student who has been allocated a seat but, instead, wants a change in preference for a seat in another institute or a stream of his/her choice, is allowed to upgrade the choice in the subsequent round, based on the number of vacancies.

A student is also allowed to withdraw admissions after every seat allocation round, and such seats, that go vacant due to withdrawal and upgradation of seats, are reallocated in the subsequent rounds. This year, JoSAA will conduct six rounds of seat allocation to ensure that the admission process concludes before Diwali. Those students whose names have appeared in the second seat allocation list have time until October 26 to complete the admission process, when the third seat allocation round will be conducted to fill up the remaining vacant seats, if any.