Female candidates aspiring to study at Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) have a reason to cheer after the Joint Admission Board (JAB) decided to increase the intake of women candidates from academic year 2018. The skewed sex ratio at the IITs had resulted in the setting up of a panel under the leadership of Professor Timothy Gonsalves with an aim to address the issue. To combat the gender imbalance at these premier institutes, JAB has in a recent meeting approved a quota of supernumerary seats for women in a phased manner, starting with 14 % in 2018 to a proposed in take of 20% by 2026. This means that the seats for women will be over and above the actual intake available right now. It is a fact that the percentage of women applicants shows declining figures in recent years for JEE Advanced and it is alarming to note that the women candidates actually taking admissions are declining too.
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Some salient features of this decision can be summarized as
Women applicants will now have the benefit of about 14% of supernumerary seats over and above the actual seat intake.
This decision will not have any impact on the normal seats as these seats are over and above the marked seat intake for the IITs.
Any vacancies in this category will be filled by women candidates only.
The quota will be increased till 20% by the year 2026.
To qualify for these seats, women candidates must qualify in JEE Advanced and also be in the top 20 percentile in their respective board exams
Women candidates can avail admissions through this quota even if they don’t qualify under the general category
To understand the declining figures as well as the skewed male vs female candidates at the IITs, the table below has been compiled with figures of admissions over the past years. It shows an alarming trend and this is now being set right with the supernumerary seats to be enforced from 2018.
Ratio of boys: girls at IITs
Total Number of seats allotted at the IITs
Total Number of boys
Total Number of girls
Percentage of girls
JEE Advanced Result report shows the following data:
The new criterion may prove to be beneficial in improving the gender disparity at the IITs. To start with, suggestions have been put forth that awareness about this should start at the school level where female candidates must be encouraged and honed to apply for the JEE Main and thereafter the JEE Advanced exams.
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