Cracking the IITJEE may be the top priority for most students, but the BITSAT is now the most competitive of all national engineering entrance exams in the country. An average of 68 students will compete for a seat in this year’s BITSAT, the online test for admission into degree courses at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, which starts on May 10. In comparison, only 54 students contested for a seat at the IIT-JEE 2012.
Based on the number of applications received, 1.36 lakh students are expected to take the BITSAT-2012 for admission to a total of 2,000 seats at the institute’s campuses in Pilani, Hyderabad and Goa. The exam will be conducted in 32 centres across the country between May 10 and June 9, 2012. On the other hand, 5.2 lakh students took the IIT-JEE 2012 on April 8 to be eligible for 9,600 seats in the 15 Indian Institutes of Technology, the Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University and the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. The VITEEE, which was conducted on April 21 for admission into deemed university Vellore Institute of Technology, follows the IITs with 48 students competing for one seat.
Next comes the All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) for admission into approximately 35,000 seats in the 31 National Institutes of Technology. On an average, 31 students compete for one seat with the AIEEE score.
The AIEEE is followed by some more private and deemed universities such as Manipal and SRM which have grown in popularity over the past few years .
Educationists say it is the increase in intake at IITs that has lowered its students per seat ratio, putting it behind BITS Pilani. In 2008, six new IITs were established and several courses added, which took the total number of seats from approximately 5,500 to 7,000. Two more IITs were added in 2009 and the number of seats is currently 9,600. In comparison, seats at BITS have remained constant at 2,000, making it more competitive.
‘HRD must fill infra gaps at IITs, IISERs’
New Delhi: The new IITs and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISERs) have been hit by an acute shortage of faculty and are still functioning from temporary campuses. A House panel report has asked the HRD ministry to ensure that these gaps are met so that the premium institutes can function more effectively.