After the 2 rounds of counselling conducted for the admission through JEE Main and JEE Advanced, it can be concluded that the top ranking candidates are persistently avoiding the new IITs. Among the top 1,000 rank holders in the qualifying exam, only 20 have chosen the seats in new IITs and all of them have selected IIT-Hyderabad.
According to the experts, not a big difference is there in the last few years in the selection of the institutes by the students. Some experts feel that the newer institutes, which started in 2008 or later, still have a long way to go before they can be compared with the older IITs. New IITs will take four or five years to stand alongside the older IITs. Another factor in selection of IITs is the coaching institute. Students take advice from the instructors of coaching institutes and fill their choices in counselling accordingly.
Among the top 2,000 rank holders, 29 students have opted for five new IITs. The remaining five IITs attracted none. IIT Indore is the most popular institute after IIT Hyderabad as 15 of the top 2,000 rank holders, while IIT Ropar got 11 and IITs at Mandi and Gandhinagar and the ISM, Dhanbad got one each. As per the current trend, students prefer to take admissions in NITs rather than any new IIT because of the faculty, infrastructure and better track record of placements.
JEE Advanced is the exam taken by the candidates seeking admission to the IITs, while the JEE (Main) is for entry into the NITs, which were earlier known as the Regional Engineering Colleges, and other technical institutions funded by the central and state governments. According to the experts, the new IITs must be given more time for global recognition.