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May 3, 2019 • 4:42 pm

IIT Preparatory Courses 2019 - Check Marks, Seats, Rank for SC/ST/PWD



Getting in IITs is never easy. One has to qualify the second phase of the IIT exam that is JEE Advanced. Yet the seats remain vacant in IITs for SC/ST/PWD categories in case the students do not meet the minimum passing criteria.

As there is a huge demand for admissions in the IITs, so reserved seats for SC, ST & PWD candidates cannot remain vacant for long even if they could not clear cut off. So, there comes a need to fulfill the seats for SC, ST and PWD reserved quota in the IITs.

Allowing general candidates for the same seats is wrong due to the prescribed constitutional reservation, so that has to be followed by the IITs and they cannot allow candidates for direct admission who have not cleared the JEE Advanced cut-off. If they get them admitted directly, it may lead to hampering the quality of admission at IITs.

So, preparatory courses in IITs as well as in ISM Dhanbad are introduced. In the 1990s these courses came in existence.

With the help of preparatory courses in IITs, limited quota students get a chance to secure a seat in the IITs.

In this course, basic subject skills of physics, chemistry and maths are polished through special training in a one-year duration so that they can make sure if the candidates are fit for their programs.



Qualifying percentile, Seat allocation and Rank list in Preparatory Courses in IITs


The vacant seats will be allotted to the SC/ST/ PWD candidates only according to the prescribed rank list 2019 by IITs, check the rank list given below.



Minimum Marks percentile prescribed in the rank list for inclusion


Rank List

 (For IITs and ISM Dhanbad)

Minimum percentage of Marks in Each Subject

Minimum Percentage of Aggregate Marks

Common rank list (CRL)



GEN-EWS rank list



OBC-NCL rank list



SC rank list



ST rank list



Common-PwD rank list (CRLPwD)



GEN-EWS-PwD rank list



OBC-NCL-PwD rank list



SC-PwD rank list



ST-PwD rank list



Preparatory course rank lists





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Note: CRL is Common Rank List in which all the candidate across all the categories will be given the rank.


Admissions in the preparatory courses in IITs and ISM will be provided to the students on the following conditions-

The seats reserved for the respective category should be vacant.

Candidate should be satisfying the minimum norms.

Candidate should not have been admitted for a preparatory course in IITs earlier.


Preparatory courses will be run by all the IITs and ISM Dhanbad for the one-year duration for SC/ST/PWD candidates for academic session 2020-21. At the end of this course, the candidates will have to undergo a written test where they would be declared ‘pass’ or ‘fail’.

Passed candidates in the preparatory course in IITs will get direct admission in July 2020 session.

After fulfilling all the JEE Advanced Eligibility Criteria, candidates who have been admitted for the preparatory course can also appear in the exam to be held in 2020.

The process of filling choices in the application of preparatory courses in IITs is done through the same online portal only.

To be eligible for the preparatory courses candidate must have secured at least 65% in 12th class (SC/ST/PWD category).



Seat Allocation in the preparatory courses


In each and every round of seat allotment, the business rules and regulations for the seat allocation can be applicable for preparatory courses. As it is concerned with ISM and IITs, then the seat allocation for the preparatory courses in IITs can be made in the 4th round only.

There are 6 conditions for seat allocation in preparatory courses as follow-

A) The Students in CRL- PWD preparatory rank list can be allocated to the unfulfilled open PWD seats in two conditions-

No more candidates have opted for it.

The CRL- PWD rank has been prepared.


B) The unfilled OBC- NCL- PWD seats can be allocated to the same rank list in 2 conditions-

No more students have opted for the same rank list.

The rank list for OBC-NCL-PWD has been prepared.



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C) The unfilled SC-PWD seats can be allocated to the students falling in the same category when-

No more candidates have selected for it.

The rank list for SC- PWD has been prepared.


D) The unfilled ST- PWD seats can be allocated among the same category preparatory rank list in case-

No more candidates in the same rank list should have opted for it.

The preparatory rank list for ST-PWD category has been already prepared.


E) In the following two conditions the candidates from SC category can be allocated the unfilled SC seats, when-

There are no more students who have opted for the same.

The preparatory rank list for SC category has been prepared.


F) The unfilled ST seats can be allocated to the students in its preparatory rank list, only while-

There are no more students who have selected for it.

The ST preparatory rank list has been prepared.



The rank list of preparatory courses in IITs


Here below we are sharing some condition when a preparatory rank list of a category is made and the names of the favored categories by a preparatory rank list. Check out in the below table.


Category of Preparatory Rank List

Conditions of Making Preparatory Rank list

Favored categories


When a total number of candidates in SC& SC-PWD categories is 1.4 times of total seat capacities in SC category.



Only when a total number of applicants in ST and ST-PWD rank list is 1.4 times of the total seat capacities in the SC category.



If the total number of candidates in the CRL –PWD, OBC-NCL-PWD, SC-PWD & ST –PWD rank list is 1.4 times of the total seat capacities in the Open –PWD category



While the total number of students in the OBC-NCL-PWD rank list is 1.4 times of the SC-PWD category total seat capacities.



If the no of applicants in the same category rank list is 1.4 times of the total seat capacity of SC-PWD category



Only when the number of candidates in ST-PWD rank list is 1.4 times of total seat capacity in the same category




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So, aspirants, we have tried to cover the major askings about preparatory courses in the IITs and ISM Dhanbad about Qualifying percentile, seat allocation and preparation of the rank list.

Hope we must have cleared your doubts and confusion of preparatory course in IITs.If you guys have anything to ask, please comment in the section given below. Stay tuned for more updates.



Showing 10 comments out of 10
  • Prajapal shendre
    Do we have to select IIT Branch options for JOSSA 2021 for dmission on Preparatory ranks?
  • J.shashipreetham
    My name preparatory rank is 2500 SC category can I get adm to prep course at IIT.
  • Anjaneyulu
    How many attempts for jee advanced for St category
    Hello Anjaneyulu,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You are eligible to apply twice for JEE advance exam.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!
  • Me faiaz alam
    Sir please tell about admission procedure and fees structure for preparatory course at iitpatna
  • _rishika_
    Rishika My Preparatory Rank is 3295 SC category I have filled options only IIT Colleges not filled NIT College would I get seat in IIT
  • Adarsh kishanrao ahile
    My prep rank in2019 insc is1415 can i get adm to prep cours at iit
  • Jayanth korra
    Sir I secured St prep 174 can I get the seat or not
  • Manasa
    When should we do extra 1 year training,After getting unfilled seats, or if we won't get any unfilled seat in iit?
  • Gurpreet kaur
    I get prep crl pwd rank-16 now what should I do either go to any nit or do preparatory course in any iit