Getting a seat in an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) opens up new vistas of success. No wonder, the number of students from Karnataka taking the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), the admission test for undergraduate courses in IITs and other premier engineering schools, is swelling.
Coaching institutes in the city charge anywhere between Rs 90,000 and Rs 2.5 lakh for one or two-year JEE coaching programmes.
They say the number of aspirants is increasing by 6-10% every year, despite a steep increase in fees over the last three years. Thomas George, director, TIME (Bengaluru), said the number of students taking JEE coaching is up by 30% compared to two years ago.
The reason: salary packages offered to IITians have been bigger than what's offered to B-school students during the last few years. TIME charges an annual fee of Rs 70,000 and conducts classes five days a week.
In most cases, the JEE coaching fee is equal to or more than the school/college tuition fee.
"II PU exam toppers, who have also got good ranking in other competitive exams, have been trained in these centres. If we invest now, my daughter can get back the money in her first three salaries alone after graduating from IIT or NIT," he said.
Sanjay Sebastian, centre head for Giraffe, said for two years now, the PU department has been following the NCERT syllabus. CET and COMEDK questions papers too are being framed according to this syllabus. As a result, many students are joining only JEE coaching classes.
According to Giraffe, around 150 students were joining its JEE programme a few years ago, but the number has touched 500 now. The institute charges around Rs 1 lakh per student for its two-year programme.
Meghana K (name changed), a II PU student, said though her college offers coaching for competitive exams, she found it of little use. Teachers at coaching centres are available round the clock to clear doubts, she said.