Nearly 62.6 percent of students who dropped out of IIMs and 48 percent of students who dropped out of IITs belonged to the reserved category.
The dropout rate of India’s one of the prestigious institutes has decreased. According to the data revealed by the Union HRD Minister at Lok Sabha on February 10, the IITs dropout percentage has gone down from 2.5 percent in 2015-16 to 0.68 percent in 2019-20. Similarly, the dropout rate of IIMs has fallen as well, from 1.04 percent in 2015-16 it has come down to 0.78 percent. However, the number is higher in other institutions where the rate has gone down from 7.49 percent in 2015-16 to 2.82 percent in 2019-20.
In a written reply, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has stated that the dropout rate has sunk over the last five years. After taking multiple corrective measures like the appointment of advisors to monitoring the academic progress of students and peer-assisted learning, these decreasing numbers in dropout rates among IITs and IIMs have been achieved.
Last year, while talking about the dropout rate of IITs and IIMs, the HRD minister in the monsoon session informed that 2,461 students who dropped out from Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), a total of 601 students belonged to other backward classes (OBCs), 371 students were from the Scheduled Caste category (SC), and 199 were from Scheduled Tribe category (ST). Similarly, talking about the data of IIMs dropouts, the minister said that out of 99 students who dropped out, 21 were ST, 27 were from the OBC category, and 14 were from SC.
According to the data, nearly 62.6 percent of students who dropped out of IIMs and 48 percent of students who dropped out of IITs belonged to the reserved category. The dropout percentage of the reserved category is more than that of the unreserved category. However, the admission rate of students belonging to the reserved category is lower than the students belonging to the unreserved category.