Thursday, May 27, 2010


Some quick comments. First, some groups that have done extremely well to reach major milestones:

  1. SC Students have managed to fill all the seats (and then some) reserved for them. For the first time.

  2. Andhra Pradesh: First and second rankers are from AP, which is also the home of seven among the top ten. The state has scored in other ways too:

    Students from the state also scored well in the reserved category. In the OBC category , AP bagged seven out of the top 15 ranks. Among all reserved categories, including SC, ST, OBC and Physically Handicapped (PH), the state secured over 50 ranks in the top 200.

    Officials from IIT-Madras said that students from AP already account for 21 per cent of the total strength in IITs.

    [Be careful with that ToI report, though: it has howlers like, "An estimated 30 per cent of the 50,000 students who wrote the exam from the state cleared the test this year." If these numbers are correct, AP alone would account for 15,000 of the 13,104 ranks!]

  3. Hindi speakers: The number of JEE rankers who took the exam in Hindi tripled to 554 from 184 last year -- despite the problems that plagued the Hindi paper this year. [See items 2 and 3 in the corrective steps taken by the IITs].

Some other interesting bits:

  1. JEE-2010 was taken by 4,55,571 students, up 18% from JEE-2009's 3,84,977.

  2. The number of JEE-qualified candidates has gone up 30% to 13,104 from 10,048.

    [Not all of them can demand a seat at an IIT (or JEE affiliates), however. The number of IIT seats is only 9,509 this year.]

  3. This year, 1476 girls have qualified, an increase of over 40 percent over last year's 1048. Girls' share in the exam takers also increased 15% from 98,028 to 1,13,127, and Their success rate went up from 1.06% to 1.3 %. So, this is a clear gain for girls.

  4. Akansha Sarda is the topper among girls -- with a rank of 18. She's not joining an IIT, however; she's going to MIT.

  5. Sahal Kaushik of Delhi at No. 33 is just 14 years old, and home-schooled. And, what does he want to study? "I want to study pure science, physics or mathematics, not engineering. ... I took the JEE because I could also get science courses through it."

  6. Anand Kumar's Super 30 achieves 100% success -- for the third time in a row. [An ally-turned-rival has raised some questions about this institution's record, however.]


  1. iitmsriram said...

    I would like to comment on the issue of SC students filling up the seats reserved for them "and then some"; this does not present a true picture of how well these students are actually doing. In fact, I am afraid that this "SC students filling the seats" will be used by politicians to continue the status quo of not providing sufficient support for school education. If we look at the performance of SC students without relaxation of scores, of the 42800 who appeared, only 120 made it to the general merit list for a success rate of under 0.3 %. The corresponding figures for the total population, OBC and ST are 2.88%, 1.17% and 0.12%. As a group, the OBC segement is not doing too bad (not good either) with a success rate that is 40% of the whole population, similar to that of girls. But SC and ST populations are doing terribly with success rates an order of magnitude lower than the general population. And this, when the number of test takers are well below their population fractions (SC 9.4% of total test takers against their national population fraction of 15% and ST 3.5% against 7.5%). We need to do something to raise the participation level and success rate, else these segments will remain out of the mainstream. BTW, the filling of seats without dropping into preparatory course has some sleight of hand to it; in the past, SC and ST students had to score about 65% of the last admitted general candidate to get admitted and this has been lowered to 50% in the last couple of years, so more can be admitted directly. The preparatory course cutoff has also been correspondingly lowered from 33% to 25% of last admitted general candidate. Of course, with the 56% seats increase, the SC and ST seats have increased by that much, so a lowered cutoff can be argued as meaningful ...