IITs released a second merit-list to help fill its 858 vacant seats

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NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), the conducting body of JEE Advanced 2018, released a second merit-list which helped the institution fill 858 vacant seats across 23 IITs. It was for the first time that a second list has been released for admission in IITs. The information was obtained by The Sunday Express under RTI (Right to Information).

The second merit- list was released by IIT, Kanpur on June 14. The merit list saw drop of 10 percentage points from the first merit list released on June 10.  The first list was supposed to have filled all the 11, 279 seats in different undergraduate programmes in 23 IIT campuses across India. Out of which 858 remained vacant after the first list.

The extended or second merit-list considered 13,850 applications out of which 858 candidates secured admission. Out of these, 8,961 were general category applicants, 771 SC (Scheduled Caste, 293 ST (Scheduled Tribe) and 3,825 OBC (Other Backward Classes).

A member of JAB (Joint Admission Board), IIT, reported to a daily that from 200 to 858 seats may have remained vacant had the board not decided to release the second merit-list. Keeping his name anonymous, the JAB member told the the daily:

“The court permits s to convert unfilled OBC seats to general category. If the IITs were to admit students through the first list, then the 658 OBC seats, which were otherwise taken up by OBC candidates extended list would have been converted to general”

Apart from these candidates, those who had cleared the first merit-list but did not get admissions were also considered to fill the vacant seats. A total of 18,138 candidates sought admission in IITs with the release of first list on June 10.

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