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  • IIT: Computer science, electrical engineering stay top choices

    Post Date:- 07.09.15

    MUMBAI: Computer science and engineering (CSE) emerged as the most popular choice for many of the 25,000 students who filled their choices for the 10,006 IIT seats during the first-ever joint seat allocation process this year. For the 990 computer science seats across the 18 IITs, there were 2.07 lakh applications, making it an average of 209 contenders for every seat.

    Data released by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority after the first round shows electrical and mechanical engineering stand second and third on the students' list of preferences. Civil engineering is fourth. Since this data was not made available prior to the admission process this year, the popularity of courses cannot be compared to previous years. CSE and electrical engineering have been the top choices for at least a decade, say educationists.

    Ajinkya Mohgaonkar, Mumbai's second topper (with all-India rank 34) was confused between mechanical engineering and CSE, but finally settled with CSE. "I was keen on mechanical as I loved physics, but after consulting my brother and a few seniors, I decided to opt for CSE. It has a very good scope in future and the subjects are new to me. I will enjoy learning the programming language."

    A professor from IIT-Bombay, the organising institute for JEE (Advanced) this year, said CSE's popularity is purely due to the placement opportunities available. "The best of the lot choose computer science, and they get picked for the best of the jobs. It's a circle. If good students start choosing other courses, the placement opportunities may get better there too."

    Another professor pointed out that IT-enabled sectors are growing and they need infrastructure. "A lot of research is required and we need graduates to contribute to the sector," he added.

    If absolute numbers are taken into account, more students applied for mechanical engineering (2.06 lakh), but since there are 1,172 seats available, each had 176 candidates vying for it. On the contrary, fewer applications were received for electrical engineering (1.97 lakh), but with 1,082 seats, the number of students vying for each of these seat was 182, making it the second best choice with students. There are 970 seats available in civil engineering and 153 students applied for each of them, taking it to the list of top four student choices.

    Mechanical engineering is an evergreen choice. While other trends keep changing, the job opportunities in mechanical engineering remain. Civil engineering, professors claim, could be an emerging trend as there are a lot of infrastructure projects coming up.

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