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State with Most Number of Candidates in JEE ADVANCED 2014

Andhra Pradesh stayed firmly in pole position this year sending the maximum number of candidates through IIT-JEE to qualify for the advanced exam that will lead them to the portals of the IITs. However, a major push came from Maharashtra, which jumped a spot to fourth place on the list with an almost 47% increase in successful candidates as compared to last year.

Uttar Pradesh, with its largest population of class XII passouts, kept its second position, opening up a fair lead this year over Rajasthan, home to the popular coaching hub of Kota. However, Bihar slipped to fifth position despite 1,210 more students qualifying than last year.


The disparity between the successful and the unsuccessful states in the race to the IITs remains, with the top five states (Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Bihar) contributing more than 80,000 of the 1.54 lakh students (53.3%) who have qualified for the JEE (Advanced) exam, the entrance test for the Indian Institutes of Technology.

Gujarat, a state just out of the top five, also showed significant improvement with a 35% rise in the number of students qualifying for the advanced exam.
"The entire focus has shifted to the mofussil towns where there is now a hunger for success. Andhra Pradesh has a bunch of dedicated students who spend years preparing for the entrance exam. It's not just in the JEE, but across the board," said IIT-Roorkee director Pradipto Banerjee. "In case of Uttar Pradesh, there is suddenly a new love for professionals among the baniyas," he adds.
Maharashtra saw the biggest improvement among the top 10 states with the 47% jump. "I feel more students have taken the JEE (main) from Maharashtra this year as we adopted it as the single entrance exam for all our engineering colleges and that has had a bearing on the numbers going up," said an IIT-Bombay dean.

If, however, the trend of students who crack the JEE (advanced) remains constant, Maharashtra's showing may pale a bit after the results. "Last year, the percentage of successful candidates who made it to the IITs, irrespective of how many qualified for the JEE (advanced), was the highest for Rajasthan," said Rangan Banerjee, IIT-B's Forbes Marshall Chair professor.

G D Yadav, vice-chancellor of Mumbai's Institute of Chemical Technology, felt the state's performance can be attributed to the coaching classes. "I don't think our colleges or the education imparted at the campuses have anything to do with higher number of students qualifying. The single entrance test was supposed to bring down the dependence on coaching class. I feel it has done just the opposite," Yadav added.

Looking at Andhra Pradesh's phenomenal success, another IIT director feels the state has invested heavily in education. "From schools to their colleges, there is a greater emphasis on education."

After Maharashtra, Kerala, among the top 10 states, saw the biggest jump of 46.1% in candidates qualifying for the advanced exam. In absolute numbers, Andhra's 21,818 successful candidates (19.6% rise) towers over Kerala's 6,602.

Delhi's performance remained steady, with 7,629 students getting to take a shot at entering the IITs as against 7,478 in 2013.


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