What makes IIT Bombay a highly sought choice by JEE Advanced Toppers?
IIT Bombay gets students from the club of top rankers in JEE over other equally prestigious IITs. It has been a trend since the beginning of this decade that maximum number of toppers opt for the coveted institute. The Inclination is accounted to neutral demography, attractive placements, innovation and entrepreneurship culture making IIT Bombay an institute of eminence.
● In 2019 out of top 100 JEE Toppers, 64 opted for IIT-Bombay and 147 in top 500.
● IIT Delhi is the second most preferred institute with 33 out of 100 opting for it.
● AIR 1 in past 4 years opted Computer Science and Engineering at IIT-B.
● IIT Kanpur which once enjoyed an elite position had only 3 while IIT Madras had only 1 student from top 100.
JEE Main toppers in past few years namely Kartikey Gupta (2019), Pranav Goyal (2018), Sarvesh Mehtani (2017), Aman Bansal (2016) picked up Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay after clearing the advanced level. The institute outreaches Female toppers as well Shabnam Sahay JEE 2019 girls topper and Meenal Parekh 2018 girls topper also opted IIT-B. In lieu of raising gender diversity 96 supernumerary seats along with 10% EWS seats were added to accommodate students from all backgrounds.
A few years ago (uptill 2011), top preference of JEE Main aspirants would be IIT Kanpur to pursue technical education. Changing trend is largely on account of growing preference for metropolitan cities. Significant number of candidates who qualify JEE Advanced belong to Urban areas. 89.83% successful candidates in 2018 were urban dwellers. Hence the natural preference for IITs in metros like Mumbai and Delhi. Earlier, every IIT used to have speciality course that attracted the qualified candidates. But over the years this distinction has lost relevance.
Table below reflects the preference of top JEE rankers from 2016-19:
Preference of Top 100 JEE rankers
IITs 2019 2018 2017 2016
Bombay 64 59 57 63
Delhi 33 30 31 28
Kanpur 2 0 0 0
Madras 1 6 4 5
Kharagpur 0 1 0 0
IIT-B Director Subhasis Chaudhari States that “IIT Bombay is the most sought after institute in all disciplines. It has one of the most qualified and experienced faculty members hand-holding the students to become leaders of tomorrow. New courses are introduced providing excellent ambience of learning. The institute offers a mix bag of subjects and courses to choose from.”
What makes IIT Bombay the toppers club?
With a green island in concrete jungle of Mumbai, surrounded by Powai lake, the lush and posh campus is a sight in itself. The metropolis nature of the city is an important factor. Unlike IIT Madras and Guwahati, candidate prefer Mumbai because of neutral demography as well. The institute has over 650 faculty members on roll- highest amongst all IITs. To add success feathers more than 100 patents per year are filed by students and faculty of IIT-B. More than 100 technologies are licensed to companies in the past one year.
The range of courses offered by the institute is extensive, designed as per market demands and potential growth. This turns out to be fruitful for students in terms of employment. The most sought after course is Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at IIT Bombay, the closing rank for which is generally low-63 in 2019. CSE offers a ‘dual degree” program giving luxury to work on some significant research project. Placement rate of dual degree program was close to 96% in 2018. Flexibility of course structure with ‘honours’ and ‘minor’ courses provide students with a much open academic environment.
Located in the heart of India’s economic powerhouse , the institute boast some of the best cultural/technical activities of all IITs. Mood Indigo Fest is one of Asia’s largest cultural fest, similarly Techfest is Asia’s largest technology festival. The ebb and flow in the number of people going to IIT mumbai is because it has become a traditional choice of coaching classes as well.
In the past few years, IIT Mumbai has attracted best packages from companies around the world. Some of the best foreign universities and firms have a huge demand for IIT bombay students. Most of the internship offers are received from the USA followed by Japan, Germany and other countries. Moreover, close to a hundred international and national universities are in MoU with IIT-B for student exchange programs.
Data Below throws light on the average salary package offered at IIT Bombay over the past 3 years:
Software giant Microsoft, in 2018 offered an annual package of US $ 164,000 (RS 1.14 Crore) for an international profile. Domestically, highest offers were made by Blackstone,Worldquant, Qualcomm, BCG etc. NEC Japan made a whooping offer of Rs. 28.17 lakh becoming top international recruiter.
Flourishing Startup, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
In the league of technical institutes Bombay and Delhi stand as prominent startup hubs and have provided highest number of entrepreneurs to the country over the past two decades. Since 2015 uptill now, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur and BITS Pilani have generated 1,066 Startups compared to 914 during 2000-15.
Flipkart was founded by IIT delhi graduate and OLA by IIT-Bombay software engineer. The success of these two endowments led to flourishing career in entrepreneurship, compared to what the scenario was a decade ago. Graduates from these two institutes have launched 277 (raising $ 13.3 Billion) and 310 (raising $ 7.6 Billion) startups respectively since 2015. IIT Kharagpur follows the lead with 258 startups launched by graduates.
In terms of funded startups, IIT Bombay aces. Hence one of the top reasons students choose to be a part of IIT Bombay is its subscription to the entrepreneurship philosophy. Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) promotes research and incubation of ideas translating into startup ventures.
At 56 Convocation of IIT-B, Prime Minister granted financial aid of Rs 1,000 crore for making a mark in the country's development as an eminent institute. In comparison to other technical institutes IIT bombay rankings are remarkable.
IIT Delhi 182 4 Institute of Eminence Declared
IIT Kharagpur 281 5 Recommended for IoE
(Recommendation made by University Grants Commission on the basis of advice of an Empowered Expert Committee.)
JEE Main candidates are divided into zones out of which IIT-B and IIT-D provided 5,128 and 8,516 number of qualified candidates. A lofty number when compared to IIT Guwahati or Kanpur. Taking about new IITs they do not get students below the rank of 1000. In 2018, IIT Hyderabad got one student under 500. IIT Indore also got a candidate under 1000. But IITs in Goa, Dharwad, Tirupati, Jammu, Bhilai, Jodhpur, Pallakkad did not witness a single student from top 2.000 ranks.
Over 11 lakh candidates appeared for JEE Main in 2019, competing for around 13 thousand seats. The acceptance rate of 0.92% which is 8 times tougher than getting into Harvard. A rosy future with affluent jobs and high salary is what an engineering mind aspires for and IITs just fulfills that dream. Supremacy of a particular institute does not undermine the premier status of others.