At IIT-Bombay, a student with an all-India rank of 98 was allotted a seat in BS (mathematics) launched last year. In fact, the first round of admissions for the open category closed at 1,041th rank for the course. B Tech (mathematics and computing) at IIT-Delhi saw an opening rank of 95 in the third round of seat allotment that commenced on Saturday. The ranks may go down in subsequent rounds, but there is enough indication that the courses are among the top choices filled by students in the centralised admission process.
Many aspirants who score high after going through a gruelling JEE (A) preparation land up in the sought-after computer science and electrical engineering courses.
‘Economics at IITs carries a lot of weight, provides advantage’
While these courses continue to top the charts, courses like mathematics and economics are picking up. Most of these courses are two- to four-year courses. In addition to JEE (Advanced) scorers, Class XII passouts who get selected in the National Mathematics Olympiad are also eligible for admissions.
Economics is a popular course across the country, but the fact that it is being offered at IITs adds value to the programme, said a senior professor from one of the older IITs. The economics course in IITs is also helpful as students can take advantage of computing skills internalised in the curriculum. At IIT-Bombay, admissions to BS (economics) are done through JEE (Advanced) as the students who take economics in the first year do courses along with other engineering disciplines. In case the students do extremely well, there is a possibility of branch change too. JEE (Advanced) is not the criteria for admissions to the economics programme offered at IIT-Madras.
“We are getting students with higher ranks for BS (mathematics) programme. Apart from the fact that students are keen on studying at IIT-Bombay, many are seriously interested in the subject,” said an IIT-B official. He added that the course is just in its second year, and therefore it is difficult to comment on how it will evolve. IIT-Kharagpur offers a five-year integrated M Sc programme in mathematics and computing. IIT-Kanpur offers BS in mathematics and scientific computing. All these courses have seen higher opening and closing ranks.
Haripriya Gundimeda, an economics professor at IIT-B’s humanities and social sciences department, said economics is a lucrative option for various reasons. “There is inter-relationship between technology and economic conditions and both influence each other. Jobs in investment banking, consultancy and data analytical firms are easier to land with a degree in economics and doing it from an IIT in the financial capital of the country is an added advantage,” said the professor. Engineering students at IIT-B are exposed to a compulsory course in basic economics, while some students do additional courses, too, to suit their requirements, the professor added.
A professor associated with the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) said many students prefer to study in metros such as Mumbai and Delhi. IIT-Bombay, in fact, is the most preferred institute for all JEE (Advanced) rankers. Studying in Inida’s financial capital is also high on students’ preferred list, the professor said.
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