Almost 52% made it to IIT without coaching classes, finds study
Not many would be as confident to crack the entrance exam for admissions to the coveted Indian Institute of Technology without the help of a coaching institute. According to an IIT-Delhi report, however, 52% candidates who qualified JEE (Advanced) 2013 took to self-study mode of preparation while 48% opted for coaching. With 61.4% candidates, Guwahati zone shows highest percentage of candidates who prepared on their own and qualified. Only 38.6% candidates here went to coaching classes.
Zone-wise distribution of qualified candidates’ shows that in Kanpur, 54.8% study on their own and 45.2% went to coaching classes. In Roorkee zone, 55.1% candidates were self-tutored, while 44.9% went to coaching institutes. In the Bombay zone, 52.6% candidates got through on the strength of self-study and 47.4% visited coaching institutes. In Delhi zone, however, the percentage of students taking coaching classes was 52.9% while 47.1% resorted to self-study. The Madras zone saw lowest percentage (39.4) of candidates taking to self-study, while 60.6% candidates relied on coaching centres.
Though JEE officials said the data cannot be compared with previous year (due to change in the format), they assured that percentage of students attending coaching classes has gone down. In two previous years, most students who qualified JEE did join coaching centres,” said a JEE chairman.
On the urban-rural segregation, the report states that 8% of total JEE qualified candidates come from villages and 16% belongs to towns. The remaining 75% are those living in cities. “Students in rural parts do not have enough resources to meet their ends but this doesn’t mean that they are incapable,” said another JEE official.
Occupation-wise, children of government employees (29.8%) topped the list of JEE qualified candidates. Candidates who belong to business families account for 17.4% of the total candidates while 10% candidates were children of those in private sector. Teaching and research contributes to 5.5% while 7.6% candidates come from agricultural background. 2.9%, 4.6% and 7.8% successful JEE candidates had parents from medical, engineering and public sector, respectively.
The report also proved that higher educational qualification of parents need not necessarily assure high results produced by children. Based on father’s education, the report shows that 42.7% candidates who qualified are kids of graduate fathers. Only 27.9% candidates who cracked JEE came from families where the father is a postgraduate. While 13.3% were children of matriculate fathers, 2.6% candidates had illiterate fathers.