1749 of top 10,000 students not allotted seats; an analysis of JoSAA Round 2 data – Part 1

This is the first part of our analysis on the data released on July 13, 2015 by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority 2015 (JoSAA) at the end of Round 2 of allocations of seats in the IITs, NITs, IIITs & other GFTIs. Along with the allocations, the JEE (Advanced) Authority also released a table of allocations per IIT from the top 10,000 ranks in the JEE (Advanced) Common Rank List (CRL).

Of these 10,000 students, 6812 students were allotted seats in IITs & ISM by Round 2.

Another 1437 students in the top 10,000 decided to opt for non-IIT seats – though with 10,006 seats, the IITs could accommodate all of them. The prime reason for this is that though the student would get an IIT seat, it would not be in the specialisation they wanted. Instead, a seat in another institute would give them a chance to get into their favoured specialisation, which is what they opted for. 2 students were found ineligible for IITs as they did not meet the criteria set for their Class 12 marks.

The remaining 1749 students were not allotted a seat through JoSAA Round 2, and may not be allotted seats in the future rounds too. The JEE (Advanced) site  has defined two possibilities why these students were not allotted any seats:

1. The students did not fill in any choices: they did not participate in the joint seat allocation process itself. By not participating at all, these students effectively debarred themselves from the process automatically.

2. Students exercised a ‘poor choice of choices,’ whereas an intelligent set of choices would have fetched a seat. These students would probably have filled all their available choices with courses that would have been allotted to rankers above them, and the algorithm was unable to find an empty seat within that set for them.

Interestingly, a third possibility has also been released on the JEE (Advanced) site, but not included in the chart above. In a separate list, they released a list of 12 students with CRL ranks above 1000 who were allotted seats in IITs in Round 1, but did not accept them. In such a case, the JoSAA Business Rules state that if a student does not accept an allotted seat, they are debarred from participating in all future rounds. Hence, even though these students are amongst the top rankers in the country, they will have to satisfy themselves by getting their engineering degrees from state level colleges with independent allocation processes.

As per the list of vacant seats after Round 2 allotment, the IITs/ISM do not have any vacant seats remaining – they have, in fact, allotted 18 seats over their official count of 10,006 seats. This means that 3212 students who were allotted IIT seats have CRL ranks beyond the top 10,000. This will include students in reserved categories as well, whose ranks in their category lists were high enough to assure them IIT seats.

In the next part of our analysis tomorrow, we will cover how the process is expected to work, and ask some questions related to JoSAA issues raised by experts that will impact the students’ future. The data released by JoSAA can be viewed here.