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JoSAA counselling 2023, a crucial gateway for admission into the prestigious
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institute of Technology
(NIT), has taken an exciting turn this year. Industry experts have noticed a
significant decline in the number of students applying for counselling, with
a decrease of 26,000 applicants compared to the previous year. This blog
aims to delve into the reasons behind this drop in student participation and
shed light on the changing landscape of JoSAA counselling.

Reasons for the Drop in Student Participation:

  • Stringent Class 12 Passing Criteria: The main reason for fewer students
    applying for IIT and NIT admissions through JoSAA is the stricter
    criteria for passing class 12 exams. Now, students must score at least
    75% or be in the top 20% of their board. This strict requirement
    discouraged students from applying, even if they did well in JEE Main
    and JEE Advanced exams. Many students who did not meet these criteria
    may have thought they were ineligible and chose not to participate in
    the counselling process.
  • Financial implications are also a significant factor contributing to
    decreased student participation. Students must pay a counselling fee of
    around Rs. 40,000 to reserve their allotted seat after the first round
    of seat allotment. This fee is refundable if the candidate withdraws
    their name before the starting of round 6, after deducting JoSAA
    processing charges of 2000, but not refunded if they withdraw at the end
    of counselling. The financial burden associated with the counselling
    process may have discouraged some students from pursuing the admission
    procedure further, resulting in a decline in overall participation.

The decrease in the number of students applying for IITs, NITs, and other
engineering colleges through JOSAA counselling means there is less
competition for available seats.

This could be good news for those who do apply, as it increases their
chances of getting their preferred seats. The drop in applicants suggests
that students are becoming more interested in other career options or
different types of education. They might be considering new fields of study
and job prospects, or following their interests instead of the traditional
IIT and NIT route.

The decrease in students applying for JoSAA 2023 counselling shows that
changes in the eligibility criteria and fees have influenced their
decisions. This challenges students, but it also means opportunities for
those who still want to apply. Understanding these changes and adjusting the
admission process is essential to encourage talented students to pursue
their dreams of studying in top institutions.

Mohan Prasad
B Tech IIT Delhi, MBA IIM Lucknow, Founder PracBee
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