JEE Advance registration drop: The number as well percentage of students was lowest (for the period being discussed) in 2021 when only 1.5 lakh of the 2.6 lakh eligible candidates — 58.1 per cent — registered to take the final examination.
At 64.1 per cent, the previous year (2020) had 1.60 lakh students registering out of the 2.5 lakh who had passed the JEE-Main A steady drop could also be noticed across the years at 79 per cent, 78.6 per cent, 77.4 per cent, 71.7 per cent, and 71.7 per cent in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, respectively.
“Many students with a lower JEE-Main rank are not sure of bagging a IIT seat after appearing in the final exam. However, JEE-Main score can secure a seat in a good engineering institute,” said a senior professor from IIT Bombay who wished to stay anonymous.
A senior official from IIT Kanpur said: “The competition for IIT is really tough, considering the limited seats. Even as there has been an increase in the number of IITs and seats thereof, it is still a very small number when compared to this huge pool of aspiring students. A large number of students who have lower ranks in JEE-Main opt out of the IIT race and take admission somewhere else in their preferred stream.”