New Delhi: The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) said on Friday they will allow students to appear for the entrance test one extra time if they surrendered their seats—either dissatisfied with their ranks or the subjects they are allotted during counselling.
The effort is to fill nearly 8% of the seats in IITs that generally go vacant every year because of students opting out of the system after getting selected.
Last year, some 760 seats remained vacant at the elite schools.
The 15 IITs, the information technology department of Banaras Hindu University, and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad together conduct the joint entrance exam (JEE) and admit at least 9,600 students at the undergraduate level.
“What we are doing is providing an exit policy,” said G.B. Reddy, chairman of the JEE committee. “And in return the concerned student can get an opportunity to appear for the entrance next year to improve his ranking, and get a seat and subject of his choice.”
Students can give up their seats before the final round of allotments and receive a deposit refund of around Rs40,000. Until now, students weren’t allowed to reappear for the test if they accepted a seat but chose not to join the course, nor were they refunded the money.
Some 700 to 800 more students will get an opportunity to study in the IITs as a result of the move, said S.M. Ishtiaque, deputy director of administration at IIT-Delhi, the institute organising the entrance test this year.
The IITs have also began posting JEE answer papers on their websites. The JEE ranks were declared on Friday. Of the 480,000 candidates who sat for the exam, 24,112 secured ranks and 19,426 were short-listed for counselling for admission to 9,647 seats, Reddy said.