After five rounds of seat allocation at Indian Institutes of Technology, one seat – at IIT Bhubaneswar – remained unclaimed. Close to 421 seats were vacant across all engineering institutes.

In the latest round, which ended on Sunday, about 69 seats from various IITs allotted in previous rounds and not accepted by students were reassigned. Most of the seats were from IIT-Kharagpur, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, Indian School of Mines (ISM) Dhanbad and IIT-Tirupati, among others.

All seats were taken up in IIT-Bombay after the second round of allotment.

“Since students are allowed to withdraw admissions till the sixth round, many seats remain vacant still. We have two more rounds after this and hopefully there will be no vacancy this year,” said an official from the Joint Entrance Examination-Advanced (JEE-Adv) office.

About 69 seats from various IITs  allotted in previous rounds and not accepted by students have been reassigned in the fifth round of counselling.

This is the third year when Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) is conducting admissions for IITs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and other Government Funded Technical Institutes (GFTIs).

About seven rounds of seat allotment will take place this year. Last year, 76 seats remained vacant across IITs after six rounds.

“No withdrawal of admission will be allowed in the seventh and final round, and we hope no seats will remain vacant till then,” an official from JoSAA said. The sixth and seventh round of seat allotment will be announced on July 18 and July 21, respectively.

After the fifth round of allocation, close to 421 seats still remain vacant across all institutes, including one in IIT-Bhubaneswar. About the latter, a JoSAA official said,“This particular seat is in the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category and there seems to be no candidate eligible for the seat anymore, therefore it is not being allotted.”

There are 36,208 seats available across 97 institutes including all IITs, NITs, IIITs as well as GFTI (Government Funded Technical Institutes) . Of these 10,988 seats are in IITs.