Just five girls in top 200 in IIT JEE Advanced exam 2019
Two of the five girls to make it to the top 200 in JEE Advanced 2019 exam are from Hyderabad suburb Madhapur
Just five girls have made their presence felt in the top 200 ranks in the JEE (Advanced) results declared on Friday.
IITs remain a male bastion, with just 13.8 per cent of the successful candidates being women. This runs contrary to the excellent performance of girls across board examinations for years.
In the top 10 ranks in India this time, there is one girl: Shabnam Sahai of Ahmedabad. She has scored 308 of a total of 372 marks, when the marks for Maths, Physics and Chemistry are added.
The top rank in India is at 346 marks.
The second topper among girls is Surapaneni Sai Vigna, who comes from Madhapur, a suburb of Hyderabad that is home to three candidates among India’s top 10. Her overall score is 285 out of a total of 372 marks. Surapaneni’s all-India rank is 44.
Tulip Pandey from Mumbai comes next among girls, securing all-India rank 79. Her grand total is 274 marks, out of 372.
Ilindra Sai Lakshmi Shreya from Vijayawada, with a score of 262, has secured all-India rank 156.
The fifth topper among women is Palti Ramyasri of Madhapur, who has secured all-India rank 199.
The skewed gender ratio in the IITs has been a chronic problem, and the Ministry of Human Resource Development has been trying to address it with the creation of supernumerary seats to enhance female representation in the elite, technical institutions. The prestigious IITs account for more than half of the 10 top institutions in the government’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), which ranks institutions across disciplines.
Even in 2018, only 14 girls made it to the top 500 ranks in the JEE (Advanced) examination.