After the first list of selected candidates got declared, it’s surprising to see that almost 469 seats reserved for OBC candidates are still waiting to be occupied. According to the Joint Entrance Examination organizing committee, some candidates were not able to grab a seat despite a relaxation in cut-off marks & hence, several candidates failed to utilize the reservation for OBC status. Mr.TS Natarajan, JEE organizing chairman and professor at IIT Madras said, "The IITs had set aside 2,570 seats for OBCs, but only 2,023 were filled. Some candidates could not establish their OBC status. Also, there were not enough qualified candidates. Further, many got the courses of their choice as general category students. The unfilled seats have therefore been transferred to the general category."
The Board of Governors of Medical Council of India (MCI) has put forward a proposal to conduct a common entrance test for medical courses from the next academic session. This common entrance test will cover both under-graduate and post graduate courses conducted by private and government medical colleges. The purpose of this initiative is to reduce the burden of students. President of the Board, Dr. S.K Sarin said, "A common entrance will reduce the hassles for students appearing for medical exams. At present, students have to give 10–15 different exams for medical courses, which can be highly stressful to both the student and his family. A common entrance exam will allow a student to give his best shot at one go."