Few Takers for IIT Madras - Toppers Opting for IIT Bombay & Delhi

As per reports from Chennai news sources, IIT–Madras seems to be out of favour for toppers of the JEE Advanced this year.  IIT –Madras admission processes have taken a hit, as few out of the top 100 have opted for the institution.  Experts surmise that the IIT –Madras address may be a reason for the low admission, as location preferences play a major role in the admission process.

The common perception is that IIT-Madras students face a disadvantage during placements, because of the location of the institution, Chennai education channels report.  Mumbai is considered the industrial hub, and hence students having a choice of opting for IIT –Madras reject the institution.  This is one of the reasons that IIT Mumbai sees the highest admission; this year too, the topper of the JEE Advanced has selected Computer Science in IIT Mumbai.  He scored 334 out of 360 in his JEE Advanced.  Several other toppers have also opted for IIT Mumbai.

Although IIT Madras is among the original seven IITs of the country, it has been unable to attract the top talent.  Owing to its German collaboration, Mechanical Engineering is one of the best courses in the institution.  Another very popular course is electrical engineering.  However, the IIT –Madras location seems to be working against it.

A senior professor at IIT Madras pointed out that a very major influence on the admission process is the guidance received at the coaching institutes, most of which are located in Kota or Hyderabad.  Hence, inspite of the excellent courses offered at IIT – Madras no student takes a risk.  Most students are guided to take admission in IIT Mumbai as it would be closer to the students’ hometown.

Another senior professor pointed to the quality of faculty members, stating that even one faculty can pull admissions, if he is known in the academic circles for his excellence and contribution.

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