IIT Bombay continues its run as the most sought-after campus, with 65 of the top 100 JEE (Advanced) rankers opting for the Powai institute. Delhi came second with less than half that number.
More than one-fourth of the top 1,000 rankers too chose IIT Bombay. Even students from the IIT Madras zone opted for the Powai campus.
"A majority of students perceive it as the top institute," said Devang Khakhar, the institute's director. "At 18 years, most students make their choices based on what their friends and family would recommend."
Khakhar said that computer science and engineering (CSE) and electrical engineering (EE) were the most popular choices among the top ranked students. Most of the top 60 students chose CSE.
Meanwhile IIT Delhi director R K Shevgaonkar said that Delhi and Mumbai were student favourites also because of life outside campus.
"Academically, all the older IITs are comparable, but Mumbai and Delhi are big metros and manage to attract more students," he said. "The composition of students at these two IITs is also more cosmopolitan in comparison to others."