The intake capacity of all the 11 IIMs put together is about 2600 seats. These include the six older Indian Institutes of Management – Ahmedabad, Calcutta, Bangalore, Indore, Kozhikode and Lucknow as well as the five new ones – Shillong, Rohtak, Ranchi, Raipur, and Trichy. With the Supreme Court directives in place, IIMs have to accommodate 27% of Non-creamy layer Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC) category students, 15% seats for SC students, 7.5% for ST, and 3% seats for Differently Abled students. Thus, seats for general category students have only increased to 1235 from 1043, previously available. However for NC-OBC students, there are 700 new seats to compete for.
Maharashtra government has decided to increase seats for management programs in the state by 53%. This news has been received well by management aspirants since colleges now will be authorized to start a second shift for MBA and Masters in Management Studies programs. In 2010–2011, the number of seats will be 33,045 and apart from management, there are 88,370 engineering seats, 8,513 in pharmacy and 7,138 MCA seats in the state. A Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) spokesperson said, “A management degree is highly popular and sought-after. To meet the ever-increasing demand, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved second shifts for management programmes this year. Further, the AICTE has also allowed new colleges to have 120 students in their first batch, instead of 60, which used to be the earlier rule. This has led to a sizeable increase in the total number of seats”.
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."