While Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) has traditionally been the favourite choice of the top-ranking JEE students while picking a stream at IIT, the trend has changed this year. Looking at the rising demand for AI, students are making a beeline to enrol in the newly launched BTech in Artificial Intelligence (AI) at IIT Hyderabad.
The JEE Advanced opening rank for the AI course in the general category was 478 that closed at 657. While in the female category, the ranking was 1453 to 1601.
“If we compare this data with the students who opted for Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at IIT Hyderabad, the opening rank for AI course is 476 while for CSE the closing rank is 613. It can thus be inferred that some top rankers have actually opted for AI over CSE,” says Vineeth N Balasubramanian, associate professor, department of computer science and engineering, IIT Hyderabad.
IIT-H is the only institute among the 23 IITs that offers a four-year undergraduate (UG) programme in AI. Others have it as a minor course or as a PG degree.
Emerging technologies such as AI, ML and data science will be essential to every discipline and BTech in AI will lay a strong academic foundation for students who want to stay relevant in the evolving job market, adds Balasubramanian.
Many other IITs have also rolled out several new courses in emerging technologies this year. For instance, IIT Mandi’s newly launched BTech in Data Science and Engineering, the opening and closing ranks in the general category stood at 2359 and 3360, respectively. In case of IIT Ropar’s BTech in Mathematics and Computing, the opening and closing ranks were 2027 and 2585, respectively.
Top rankers choose IIT Bombay and Delhi
Keeping up with previous year’s trend, the maximum number of JEE (Advanced) top rankers have flocked to IIT Bombay followed by IIT Delhi for admission. Of the top 100 applicants, 64 have opted for IIT Bombay while 33 have chosen IIT Delhi. Among the first generation IITs, Kanpur had two top rankers and Madras had one while Kharagpur did not get any. Last year too, of the top 100, 63 students enrolled at IIT-B.
Among the top 500, 147 students opted for IIT Bombay followed by 142 students at IIT Delhi. IIT Madras and IIT Kanpur got 53 and 52 students, respectively. IIT Roorkee and IIT Guwahati managed to get a total of 35 and 7 students, respectively. Among the newly established IITs, IIT Hyderabad was picked up by seven students from the top 500 ranks. In all the old IITs, Computer Science and Engineering (CSE ) remained the top pick. The closing rank for the course was 63 and 93 in the general category at IIT-B and IIT-D, respectively. In the female category, the closing rank for CSE was 313 and 465 at the two institutes.