IIT Madras becomes first IIT to introduce sports quota; 2 seats to be created in each UG course

Currently, the IITs do not have a sports quota while many of the country's premier universities, including Delhi University, do.


Published Feb 02, 2024 | 7:14 PMUpdatedFeb 02, 2024 | 7:14 PM

IIT Madras

By Gunjan Sharma

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras has become the first IIT to introduce a sports quota for its undergraduate admissions and will create two supernumerary seats in each course from the 2024-25 academic session, according to its director V Kamakoti.

Currently, the IITs do not have a sports quota while many of the country’s premier universities, including Delhi University, do.

“Starting from the 2024-2025 academic session, IIT Madras will offer two supernumerary seats per undergraduate programme for Indian nationals under the Sports Excellence Admission (SEA) programme. We are the first IIT to introduce sports quota and the idea is to reward and encourage students who have achieved a certain level of excellence in sports of their choice,” Kamakoti told PTI.

“Two seats per programme will be allotted through the SEA. While one will be gender-neutral, the other will be female-only,” he added.

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Admission through sea

To be eligible for admission through SEA, candidates must have secured a position in the Common Rank List (CRL) or category-wise rank list in the JEE (Advanced) and must have won at least one medal in any national and international-level sports competition in the last four years.

The candidate will also be required to have obtained the minimum required class 12 marks as per the eligibility criteria for IIT admissions.

“A separate Sports Rank List (SRL) will be prepared based on the total score obtained by the candidates based on their performance in a specific list of sports. The seat allotment will be done based on SRL only,” he explained.

The idea was mooted by IIT Madras before the IIT Council, the apex body of the top tech institutions, last year.

“The notion of sports quota exists in the higher education system in India but hasn’t been introduced in IITs yet. In principle, all IITs welcomed the proposal. Detailed implementation modalities and timelines were prepared in consultation with the JEE Apex Board (JAB),” he said.

JAB is responsible for deciding guidelines for the conduct of the JEE (Main) examination and also coordinating the conduct of the JEE (Advanced) exam for admissions to IITs. IIT Madras is conducting the JEE-Advanced this year.

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