Women candidates who are aspiring to seek admission in IITs have a reason to cheer as a committee has proposed creation of up to 20 per cent supernumerary seats of the total number of seats. Only those women candidates who will clear the JEE Advanced exam and are among the top 20 percentile in their respective board exam will be eligible to claim admission under the proposed reservation criteria.
Meanwhile, a recommendation was made in this regard, by a sub-committee which was set up under the chairmanship of professor Timothy Gonsalves due to an increasing gap between the male and the female students in the coveted institutes. The proposed recommendation is likely to be taken up at a meeting of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) and they will also decide if this decision has to be executed from 2017 or 2018.
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The affirmative action proposal, if it comes into force will definitely give thrust to more women candidates making their way to the IITs. The current ration of male to female is extremely lopsided as in the past few years it has been observed that across all the IITs, there were merely 10% women candidates.
The table given below indicates decline in the number of female candidates who made their way to the IITs.
No of female candidates in IIT in previous year
No. of female candidates
According to sources, it will be upto individual IITs to decide the number of seats that they wish to reserve for female candidates. There will not be any impact on the existing number of seats for male candidates as the proposal is for creating supernumerary seats. The other reason for proposing this suggestion is to meet the target of having at least one lakh students at the IITs by 2020.
It must be kept in mind that number of women candidates who were taking up the exam for IITs had risen from 24.3% in 2008 to 33.3 % in 2012. However, there was a decline in the number after the JEE Exam was divided into JEE Main and JEE Advanced and the figure has been consistently hovering around 18%. One of the objectives of this initative is to reduce gender parity at IITs, which are presently dominated by men.
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