A whole set of industry has sprung around IIT entrance exam coaching but students who rely on self-study may fare better.
This year 5,539 students (52.4%) out of the 10,576 who got admission to IITs had studied on their own. Those who went to coaching centres comprised 44.5% (4,711) of successful candidates. The remaining 2% either took individual tuitions or did correspondence courses.
The trends from this year's JEE (advanced) were analyzed by IIT-Guwahati. A detailed analysis of this year's JEE (advanced) shows that IITs are still urban-centric with 75% of successful students coming from cities and the rest from rural areas.
It also shows in the occupation of parents. Of the 36,566 who qualified for admission into IITs/NITs/IIITs and other government-funded technical institutions, parents of 10,200 are in government service followed by 5,814 in business, 4,097 in private jobs, 3,213 in agriculture, 2,018 in public sector, 1,700 in teaching/research. Parents of 327 students practiced law, 59 are in the pharmacy sector and only 21 are architects.
Rajasthan, known for its IIT coaching centres in Kota, has contributed the maximum 1646 students this year. An IIT director pointed out that Tamil Nadu which once contributed a lot to IITs is surprisingly not among the top 12 states.
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