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IIT Bombay a clear choice among top 100 JEE rankers followed by Delhi

IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi are the clear choices among the top 100 JEE rankers this year. 61 of them or nearly 2/3rds of the candidates have blocked a seat in IIT-B, followed by 30 in IIT Delhi. Of the remaining nine, seven have signed up for IIT Madras while two, Chirag Falor (rank 1) and Muhender Raj (rank 4), have chosen to pursue education in the US.

With the close of round one of admissions, a look at the options exercised by the top 100 rankers reveals that Kharagpur and Kanpur, once considered amongst the best IITs, have dropped in popularity. IIT-Kharagpur was the preeminent centre for engineering about 30 years ago. The oldest of the IITs, it did not receive a single student from the top 100 this year.

Again, in the top 500 or 1,000 students, Bombay, Delhi, Madras make up the top three in the same order though Kanpur and Kharagpur have a considerable representation in this club.

Apart from the two in the top 10 who opted out of IIT, two more — one between ranks 301 and 400 and another between ranks 401 and 500 — have declined a seat.

IIT Roorkee, Guwahati and Hyderabad also have quite a few takers from the top 1,000. There are 23 IITs in all with roughly 16,000 seats. Hyderabad, which has launched a cutting-edge BTech programme in artificial intelligence and machine learning, is a relative newcomer in the top 1,000 matrix.