About 600 students aspiring to be IITians did not opt for IIT seats despite clearing JEE (Advanced) examination.
As a result of this unexpected move, the IITs are now likely to lower the cutoff percentage for admissions to include candidates from the weaker strata of the society.
The IITs have decided and now will be admitting students with scores as low as 31 out 504 or with a percentage of 6.1 to fill vacant seats.
Due to the tough JEE (Advanced) 2015 paper and negative marking resulted in lesser students clearing the cut-offs set at first.
As a result, the IITs had lower the bar for qualifying in the general category from 35% to 24.5%, while for reserved categories, the reduced percentage to 12.25 percent.
The proposed 3rd category students will be sent for preparatory course provided they've got at least 6.1 percent.
According the new formula, the IITs has already admitted students in the preparatory programme across 18 institutes.
Before these students get into the B.Tech programme, they would be required to go through a 1 year long preparatory course.
While the qualifying marks are being reduced, 31 students who qualified in JEE (Advanced) and were eligible for seats in the IITs have been rejected after they failed to meet the criteria of Class 12 exams.
The trend seems to have taken a drastic downfall since last year, when a student had to be in the top 20 percentile of their respective boards to be eligible for an IIT seat.
This year, the IITs relaxed the criteria by allowing students who had scored at least 75 percent in Class 12 or were in the top 20 percentile of the board. As a result, only 31 students failed to make the cut this time.