While there is no single reason this trend could be attributed to, professors say some of the fence-sitters may have qualified but avoided the gruelling process of appearing for another exam. An IIT-B professor said, "The IITs are yet to analyze the data of students who have not registered for JEE (Advanced). There could be many reasons for their decision."
He added that 10 states, including Maharashtra, accept JEE (Main) scores for admissions to their own engineering institutions.
"There will be quite a few students from these states whose main aim is to get into a leading engineering institution in the state and remain close to their family rather than go to the IITs. These students might have appeared for JEE (Main) to use their scores for admission in state institutions," he said.
Another professor said some students who did not register for JEE (Advanced) might have secured seats in universities abroad. Others, he added, may have just made the grade and may have chosen not to go through the pressure of another competitive exam.
Praveen Tyagi, from a coaching institute, said many students who were aware of their potential chose to drop out of the JEE (Advanced) despite qualifying for it. "They prefer focusing on other competitive exams which are not as difficult as those conducted by the IITs or are happy with the scores in JEE (Main) that will ensure a seat in the NITs," said Tyagi.
Of the 1.52 lakh students who qualified in the JEE (Main) exam, around 1.24 lakh registered for the JEE (Advanced) to be held on May 24. The last day for registration was May 7. For the last two years, a two-tier exam has been conducted for admissions to IITs. The top 1.5 lakh students who qualify in the JEE (Main) are eligible to appear for JEE (Advanced). Last year, 1.27 lakh students registered for JEE (Advanced). The exam will be conducted by IIT-Bombay this year along with other IITs. This year, with the addition of four new IITs, over 10,000 seats are available for students to choose from.
Students who qualified to appear for JEE (Advanced): 1.5 lakh (Girls: 28,104, Boys: 1.2lakh)
Students who registered for JEE (Advanced): 1.2lakh
Students who chose to opt of JEE (Advanced)/missed deadline: 27,660
Courtesy: Times of India