20,000 more candidates to enter JEE Advanced 2017 pool
Bachan Thakur, 21 Sep 2016, #JEE Advanced
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As many as 20,000 more candidates will enter the JEE Advanced pool for the academic year 2017. This means that for the upcoming academic year, a total to 2,20,000 top candidates from JEE Main will become eligible to take JEE Advanced. Allowing 20,000 more candidates to take JEE Advanced is a part of the proposed expansion plan by MHRD to increase the seat intake at IITs. 

In 2016, about 2,00,000 candidates were qualified to take JEE Advanced. IIT Guwahati had raised the number of eligible candidates (who would sit for JEE Advanced) to 2 lakh in 2016 from the earlier 1,50,000. Till 2015, 1,50,000 top candidates from JEE Main were allowed to take JEE Advanced. When Careers360 contacted the organizing chairman for JEE Advanced 2017, he said, “The decision to allow 20,000 more candidates to take JEE Advanced is in line with the projected number of seats available across all IITs in 2017.”


The move comes a few days after the Ministry of Human Resource Development has asked IITs to increase their seat intake. However, no official announcement on any decision pertaining to this proposal of increasing seats has been made so far. According to a report by Times of India, IITs plan to open their doors for admitting non-resident students. The premier institutes plan to add 30,000 seats by 2020, thereby creating 1 lakh seats across all IITs in UG, PG and doctorate programmes.


At present, IITs (including ISM Dhanbad) altogether have around 72,000 engineering seats in UG, PG and doctorate programmes. As per media reports, 10,000 seats will be added every year to make it 1 lakh by the year 2020.   


Careers360 has earlier reported on the decision of IIT Madras (the organising IIT for JEE Advanced 2017) to add 20,000 more candidates who would be eligible to take JEE Advanced 2017. However, allowing more number of candidates to take JEE Advanced every year hasn’t helped IITs.


Sample this:

In 2016, top 2 lakh candidates from JEE Main were allowed to take JEE Advanced. However, among the eligible top 2 lakh candidates, as many as 1.98 lakh had qualified for JEE Advanced 2016, out of which, only 1.56 lakh registered for the coveted engineering entrance test. This means that as many as 42, 291 eligible candidates amongst 2 lakh JEE Advanced selects did not register for the test in 2016.


Further, out of the 1.56 lakh registered candidates, as many as 8,322 skipped JEE Advanced 2016, thus bringing down the actual number of test takers to 1,47,678. This means that in 2016-17, 21 per cent of the eligible candidates didn’t register for JEE Advanced.


In 2015 also, about 18 per cent of the total eligible candidates for JEE Advanced had not filled the application form for IIT admissions. A total of 1, 52, 000 candidates had qualified for JEE Advanced in 2015, whereas only 1,24,000 had registered for it.


The IIT admission data for 2015-16 and 2016-17 shows that more candidates are loosing interest in IIT Admissions. The data in the table signifies this.

Candidates qualified for JEE Advanced VS registered (2015-2016)


Qualified for JEE Advanced

Registered for JEE advanced

Share of candidates not registering for IIT admissions




42,000 (21%)


1, 52, 000     


28,000 (18%)

While the number of candidates filtered for JEE Advanced from JEE Main has increased from 1,50,000 in 2015 to 2 lakh in 2016, and now to 2,20,000 in 2017, the share of eligible candidates losing interest in IIT admissions has also increased. In 2015, 28,000 eligible candidates didn’t register for JEE Advanced, whereas in 2016, the total number of eligible candidates opting out of JEE Advanced was 42,000. This means while in 2015, 18 per cent of the eligible candidates didn’t register for JEE Advanced, in 2016 this share only increased with 21 per cent eligible candidates skipping JEE Advanced registrations.

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