IIT-Bombay has once again emerged as the first preference of the cream of IIT aspirants, with 89 of the top 100 on the JEE-Advanced merit list.

Among top 500 JEE Advanced rank holders, 431 have indicated IIT Bombay as their preference, followed by 36 for IITs Delhi, 21 for IIT Madras, five want IIT Kanpur, three IIT Kharagpur and one IIT Guwahati.

The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) on Friday released the first six allotment list, setting off the joint counselling process for IITs, NITs and IIITs. Professor Bishnupada Mandal of IIT-Guwahati, who is the organising chairperson of JEE Advanced 2023 and responsible for the IIT part of the joint counselling.

Overall, computer science engineering remains the most popular branch with 50,38,460 choices, followed by electronics and communication engineering with 35,39,687 applications across all IITs, NITs and IIITs.

All top 10 all-India rankers, like last year, wanted admission to IIT-Bombay and got the seats there. Last year, 93 of the top 100 candidates had chosen IIT-Bombay as their first preference and 69 made the cut.

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