: NIT Admissions - An Overview:
SIGNIFICANT aspect of the All India Engineering Entrance Examination
(AIEEE) counselling this year at the National Institute of Technology - Calicut
was that it has to able to attract better-ranking Kerala students. The closing
all-India rank this year was 22,482 instead of 23,500 last year for Kerala
The total number of seats
at NIT-C for Indian nationals (other than foreigners and those admitted through
the NRI scheme) is 380. NIT-C has 190 seats reserved for Kerala students alone.
This year the Kerala student (AIR 69), who came third among those who qualified
from Kerala, joined NIT, Surathkal. He opted for the Electronics and
Communication Engineering (ECE) branch.
The two students in the
first two positions from the State did not turn up for counselling. The State
topper in AIEEE had an AIR of 6. The student in the fourth position in the State
with AIR 166 joined NIT-C and took ECE branch.
The AIEEE counselling,
organised by Central Counselling Board (CCB) under the directive of the Union
Ministry of Human Resource Development, is conducted for admissions to the
undergraduate engineering/technology and architecture programmes, with the
support of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and participating institutions.
The seats at NITs, four
Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) Indian Institute of
Information Technology and Management (IIITM) and 11 deemed and other
institutions numbering about 10,000 were up for grabs at the AIEEE counselling.
The CCB had selected 16
centres for this year's AIEEE counselling, which included 14 NITs, the Delhi
College of Engineering and BITS, Ranchi.
NIT-C was the only
counselling centre for Kerala and Lakshadweep students who had qualified the
AIEEE. The counselling process was held in two phases. The first was the
off-campus on-line counselling, where candidates could exercise their choices at
the place of their convenience.
The students are made
familiar with the counselling process in this phase. This was held at NIT-C from
June 20 to 27.
The on-campus on-line
counselling was held from July 1 to 12. In this phase, eligible candidates were
required to report at pre-specified counselling centres for the submission of
their final choice. The candidates who are allotted seats were given allotment
letters on the second day and were asked to report at the respective
institutions between July 13 and 19. This year, the cut-off rank eligible for
counselling was fixed at 33,447 compared to the cut-off rank of 28,000 fixed
Most of the students from
Kerala who took admission at the NIT chose ECE branch. The second preference was
for Computer Science Engineering, followed by Electrical and Electronics
Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Production Engineering came up as the
fourth preference, with Civil Engineering being the last option.
The architecture course
has a separate AIR ranking and a separate cut-off rank. The first rank holder
who joined architecture course at the NIT-C under the Kerala quota had an AIR
147; while the last rank admitted was AIR 1,442.
About 50 girls from the
State were among the 190 students who joined the various branches at NIT-C this
year. The girls' preference for mechanical or production engineering was low.
However, girls from other States readily took mechanical or production
engineering when they were offered these courses.
Many students went by
institutional preference as far as their choices indicated. NIT-C was the most
Some of the admitted
candidates did not join the allotted institutions, which resulted in seats
remaining unfilled. These seats are referred to as dropout seats. With a view to
minimising the number of dropout or un-availed seats and alloting these to the
interested eligible candidates, two types of choice forms, Form 1 for `offered'
seats and Form 2 for `dropout' seats had been designed.
The Form 1 was processed
on July 22 and candidates were asked to report between July 23 and 28. Only
institutes were allotted to students at this stage.
The branches were allotted
after they joined the institute. The candidates under the third list, Form 2,
were asked to report between July 29 and 31. Institutional counselling for the
candidates was conducted on August 8 at NIT-C.
"There are still
seats vacant under the Kerala quota in other State NITs for certain branches.
Those interested are advised to check websites of the respective NITs for more
details. NIT-C has few seats vacant for other State students for which spot
admission is planned on August 23 on a zonal basis," T.K. Sureshbabu,
chairman, admissions, NIT-C said.
The counselling saw very
few students opting for courses such as biotechnology. The least preferred
branches by students generally are metallurgy, IT, chemical engineering,
chemical and bioengineering and textile engineering, where seats are still
available in participating institutes.
Kerala students preferred
the NITs in South India. The first choice was NIT-C, followed by NIT, Surathkal,
NIT, Tiruchirapalli and NIT, Warangal, in that order.
"We are holding
counselling on-line for the third time this year. We have 2 Mbps connectivity.
The process is user-friendly and students get to know the system in the
off-campus on-line counselling phase itself. Another feature of this year's
AIEEE counselling is that the withdrawal refund was available in the
participating institutes till July 31, whereas last year this was not the case.
This was useful to students who did not get any allotment," says Dr.