It is commonly believed that without a coaching institute to guide a student for the entrance exams for the reputed Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), it is highly unlikely that the student will pass that exam.
But an analysis by IIT-Guwahati shows otherwise. According to a report in The Times of India, over half the students who passed the IIT-JEE (advanced) had studied on their own.
Out of the 10,576 students who got admission to IITs, 5,539 (52.4 percent) had not taken any coaching classes and had studied for the tough exam on their own.
It also pointed out a significant trend in the occupation of parents of the students who had been admitted to IITs. Out of the 36,566 students who were admitted into IITs and other government-funded technical institutions, parents of 10,200 were in government service, 5,814 were in business and 4,097 in private jobs.
Yet another report in The Times of India also pointed out the disturbing fact that around 2,000 students dropped out of IITs and IIMs in the last two years.
The report stated that data from these institutes pointed out that academic attrition was the highest at IIT-Delhi with 699 students dropping out between 2014 and 2016, which was followed by IIT-Kharagpur (544) and IIT-Bombay (143).
"Most of those who leave the course are those pursuing PhDs," the report quoted IIT-Bombay director Devang Khakhar as saying.