Given that seats have increased in almost every department, the closing rank should be a little lower than last year. The following trends will be observed though:
1) Old IITs will get filled first, the lower branches will also get preferred over the better branches in new IITs.
2) The opening ranks of new IITs will become better, as these IITs have now existed for a couple of years, hence an increasesd confidence in the students.
3) The opening ranks as well as the closing ranks of M.Sc courses and B_arch etc will go down as people have an aversion for these courses as they are not BTech. However, some of these departments have better placements than some of their BTech counterpart courses.
4) IT BHU and ISM Dhanbad will go down in preference further, as they do not give you the IIT Tag. Hence, the ranks will go further lower this year.
Kishan S Srinivas