The qualifying aggregate marks for the common rank list came down to 69, a five-year low. The all-India entrance results for the 23 IITs, announced on Monday, shows the percentage of candidates qualifying the exam stood at 28.6%, 4.7% higher than last year. The exams were conducted on September 27 amid strict Covid-19 protocol after being postponed twice, and 96% of the 1.6 lakh registered candidates appeared.
Falor scored 352 out of 396 marks followed by Gangula Bhuvan Reddy and Vaibhav Raj for AIR second and third respectively. Kanishka Mittal (AIR 17) is the topper in the female category with 315 marks. IIT-Madras zone has the highest number of candidates (28) in top 100 ranks, followed by IIT-Bombay (24) and IIT-Delhi (22) this year. Falor will give up his IIT seat, though, for his place at the MIT, online classes for which have already begun.
Falor, who has been preparing for JEE since he was in class IX, wants to be a researcher and not an engineer. “I have always loved the stars, planets etc. My father bought me my first telescope in class VIII and I knew then that when I grow up, I would want to take up research in astrophysics,” he said.
Although his MIT classes started online on September 1, Chirag misses the feel of the real MIT campus and student life. “The curriculum is hectic. The first year is common to all, and in the second year, I hope to choose either mathematics or physics. Some of my professors are actually behind the detection of gravitational waves,” he said, sounding literally star-struck.
A general category candidate with 69 marks out of 396 is now eligible for a seat in the IITs. The qualifying aggregate marks were 93, 90 and 128 in 2019, 2018 and 2017 respectively. The minimum qualifying marks in each subject this year is 6 as against 12 in the last three years. The cutoff has been lowered by authorities for various reasons. “During the setting of the paper one is not sure of the difficulty level, which is measured only after the exam. The qualifying aggregate marks are based on the difficulty level. Moreover, there are 3,000 seats more than last year and as per the ministry of education’s instruction the number of candidates to be qualified should be two times of the number of seats in each category,” said Prof Sidharth Pandey, chairperson, JEE (advanced).
The total number of seats have increased to 16,053 this year from that of 13,000 in 2019. Of the 1.5 lakh candidates who appeared this year, a total of 43,204 candidates qualified in the exams. While 78.2% of the total candidates who took the test are male, the number of female candidates qualifying crossed the 6,700 mark for the second time in last five years.
“Right now every sixth student at undergraduate level in our IIT is female,” said V Ramgopal Rao, director, IIT-Delhi. Four foreigners have also qualified in the JEE (A).