This year 25 percent of the seats of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology across the country are grabbed by students of rural areas and that who have completed their upper primary schooling in regional language.
Last year only 10 per cent seats were grabbed by students from rural areas. The report also mentions that every fifth of the qualifying students had prepared for the exam in Kota.
A recent report said that a considerable number of students from low earning families have also earned seats in the 18 IITs this time with over 1,600 students coming from families where the father’s annual income is less than Rs one lakh.
Around 1,500 students come from families where the annual income of the family head is over Rs 8 lakh.
As regards educational background of the fathers of about 250 are illiterate and of 1,100 qualifying students are only matric pass. Whereas mothers of nearly 900 students are illiterate.
Girls also did considerably well this year. Girls secured 900 out of 9,974 seats in IITs, a share of 9.03 per cent as compared to 8 per cent of the seats secured in previous year.
Amongst the states Rajasthan topped the list of states in cracking the IIT entrance exam this year. 19.7 per cent students (1965), cracked the examination from the state, whereas UP came to the second position with 1,259 qualifying student.
(With Input from PTI)