At 16,598, the IIT seats have seen a slight increase over last year

A total of 16,598 seats are up for grabs in 23-Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) this year, including 1,567 supernumerary seats for women candidates. There is a slight increase in the number of seats compared to last year.

The total number of candidates for JEE (Advanced) this year was 1,56,089.

The admission process of premier technology institutes across the country is set to begin from September 12, a day after the declaration of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced results.

The much awaited seat matrix for this year’s admission process has finally been declared by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA).

The total number of seats in all the 23-IITs has increased marginally, from 16,232 last year to 16,598 this year. Even the supernumerary seats offered to women students, an initiative to encourage gender diversity at the prestigious tech institute, have increased marginally to 1,567 this year from 1,534 last year.

“The Ministry of Education, Government of India has taken several initiatives to improve the enrollment of women in IITs. Various IITs (including IIT Bombay) conduct open house outreach events, aimed at encouraging women students to get eligible and safe admissions in IITs,” said an official of JoSAA.

Among some of the popular IITs of yesteryear, IIT Bombay has 1,360 seats on offer this year while IIT Delhi has 1,209 seats. IIT Madras, Kharagpur and Roorkee have 1,133, 1,869 and 1,353 seats respectively. All these seats include supernumerary seats offered for women candidates.

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After the JEE (Advanced) exam on Sunday, August 28, candidates were eagerly waiting for the matric seats. Out of a total of 2.5 lakh students who qualified for JEE (Advanced) after clearing JEE (Main); Only 1,60,038 registered for the entrance test. Finally, on August 28, only 1,56,089 people appeared for the test at 577 centers in 124 cities.

The first seat allotment list is scheduled to be released on September 23.

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