20% reservation for female students in IITs soon

A committee formed to increase the enrolment of girl students to the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has recommended a reservation for female students to rectify the problem.

20% reservation for female students in IITs soon

A committee formed to increase the enrolment of girl students to the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has recommended a reservation for female students to rectify the problem.

There has been a slump in the number of female students entering the prestigious institutes.  The committee is learnt to have suggested creating up to 20% supernumerary seats for girls out of the total number of seats, reports DNA.


The JAB has set up a sub-committee under the chairmanship of professor Timothy Gonsalves to find ways to rectify the situation in the institutes.

The recommendation of the committee will be taken up in the meeting of the joint admission board (JAB) for a final decision, which will decide whether the reservation will come in effect from this year or from 2018.

The reservation will be in effect for a period of eight years or till the time the enrolment reaches the 20% mark.

The number of seats for male candidates will not be affected and this will help IITs achieve the 1 lakh target by 2020. The task of deciding on the number of seats will rest with individual IITs depending on the facilities available and the need.

It was learnt that there has been a 2% dip in the number of girls who cleared JEE-Advanced in 2016 as compared to 2015.

While over 1,000 cracked the examination (roughly 10% of the total 10,000 seats) in 2015, only 840 female students (coming up to 8%) made it to the institutes in 2016-17. As many as 10,500 students landed B.Tech seats at 23 IITs across the country this time.