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Top choices: IIT-Bombay & Computer Science


Mumbai, (India): Admissions to India’s best engineering colleges reveals that IIT-Bombay was the first choice of the brilliant students. And as a branch, best brains of India has gone for Computer science.

Joint Entrance Exam(JEE) Advanced is considered as India’s most competitive entrance exam to select best brains for engineering studies. India’s pride and world-renowned Tech-centres, Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) are usually the first choice of the toppers of JEE Advanced. This year out of total 16 IITs, IIT-Bombay was the first choice of top rankers of JEE-advanced list. 58 of the top 100 rankers joined with IIT-Bombay. IIT-Bombay is generally known as the Mecca of Technical education in India.

Top rankers choose the four-year BTech degrees in computer science at IIT-Bombay. The list for the computer science branch at IIT-B ended with the all India rank 75. Computer Science emerged as the most popular course among the top rankers with out of top 10 rankers, nine opted for the Computer science course at IIT-B. 

IIT-Delhi and Chennai emerged in the second and third position after IIT-Bombay. A total of 36 out of top 100 have been admitted at IIT-Delhi.The number of admits for the Computer Science course for IIT-B has however fallen compared to that in 2013 that was 67.

Thirty-six students were allotted seats at IIT-D, as opposed to last year's 29. IIT-B director Devang Khakhar said he was happy that 44 of the top 50 rankers have opted for the Powai IIT (Powai is the place where IIT-B located)..Students may have placed more importance to the stream over the location and once seats in computer science were filled up, they looked at the other IITs,"- said IIT-B director Devang Khakhar.

The only woman candidate in the top 10 ranks, Aditi, who got the seventh rank, chose to go for computer science at IIT-Delhi. Computer science was among the most popular choices at IIT-B and IIT-D followed by electrical engineering among the top 100 ranks. Only one signed up for a dual degree programme in computer science at IIT-D and the rest chose the flagship B. Tech programmes at IIT-B, IIT-D, IIT-M and IIT-K.

Aditi, the only female amongst the top 10 rankers has chosen IIT-Delhi, but her programme is same as other toppers-computer science. The top 100 rankers have preferred Computer Science at IIT Bombay and IIT-D the most, followed by a degree in electrical engineering. Only one aspirant has signed up for a dual degree programme in computer science at IIT-D while the remaining top rankers have chosen the flagship B.Tech degree programmes at IIT-B, IIT-D, IIT-K & IIT-M.

Food in IIT-Madras is bad

50 aspirants out of the top 100 rankers this year have been presented by Andhra Pradesh, the popular engineering coaching hub. However, Madras, the closest state to AP, managed to get only four students amongst the top 100 rankers this year as opposed to nearly 30% of the cream choosing Chennai earlier. The major reason cited behind this dip by the students is food. “Students have often mentioned about the food at IIT-Madras as it does not match with the kind of food at Bombay or Delhi. Nevertheless, all our students are good, whether they are amongst the top 100 or not”, said an IIT-M dean.

Surprisingly, IIT-Kharagpur, Roorkee and Guwahati have not got even a single student from the ‘cream of the lot’.

Why Computer Science Engineering(CSE) in IIT?

 CSE degree holders from IITs are much in demand both in India and abroad. The IT sector is growing with the double speed in the recent times. Hence, job opportunities are relatively more in this industry.

 The world’s best companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Google and many more look forward to hire IITians – the brightest brains of India. Moreover, they are also paid bountifully. IIT offers great placement to CSE students. Indian software giants like Wipro, L&T, TCS and Infosys are the leading recruiters that prefer students from IITs to be a part of their brand.

CSE is the most promising sector with high growth opportunities. CS engineers are involved in designing, implementation, management and deployment activities of both hardware and software products. A CSE degree holder can work in Computer Software & Hardware implementation department, Web designing, Telecommunication industry, Multimedia and Database management. With so many benefits, CSE from IITs is certainly the best choice.

“I picked computers because there are more research opportunities abroad. Over the years, computer science at IIT-B has become the standard choice among toppers,” said Devdeep Ray, 18, who had an all India rank of 13 and will begin the new term at IIT-B next week.

The reason behind this mysterious pull by IIT-B explains by an IIT professor like this: “Graduates from the computer science and electrical engineering branches usually get the best job offers at the end of their programmes, with annual salary packages often crossing Rs60 lakh per annum. “For both these courses, students seem to be going by rank and market forces,”.

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