IIT Madras Becomes First IIT to Introduce Sports Quota

IIT Madras Becomes First IIT to Introduce Sports Quota

Last Updated Feb - 05 - 2024, 07:26 PM | Source : India Today | Visitors : 15

IIT Madras has introduced the 'Sports Excellence Admission' (SEA) program for undergraduate courses, offering supernumerary seats for students who have excelled
IIT Madras Becomes First IIT to Introduce Sports Quota

As India's first IIT, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) has opened up admittance to athletes for its undergraduate courses.

The Institute will launch the 'Sports Excellence Admission' (SEA) program in the academic year 2024-2025, offering two supernumerary seats, one of which will be reserved solely for female students, in each of its undergraduate programs for Indian nationals.

This project aims to acknowledge and reward bright kids who succeed in sports. The institute hopes that this initiative will motivate eligible individuals to seek higher education while also excelling in their sports.

The admission process through SEA will require a student to qualify JEE (Advanced) but would not be through the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) portal, rather through a separate portal operated by IIT Madras.

Announcing this programme, Professor V Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said, “This is a very progressive step to ensure holistic education as envisaged in the National Education Policy 2020. This step is to acknowledge achievements in sports by young children and also, give them an opportunity to further understand their respective sports from an engineering and technology perspective. IIT Madras has added many sports-related electives and is also having many state-of-the-art facilities.”

Highlighting the need for such an initiative, Professor V Kamakoti added, “In addition, we will also be launching a Sports Complex with advanced equipment in the near future. We are extremely happy that the ‘Sports Excellence Admission’ is happening, starting July 2024. We hope that our alumni will become world-renowned sportspersons.”

To be eligible for admission to this course, students must have placed in the JEE (Advanced) Common Rank List (CRL) or category-wise rank list, as well as having won at least one medal in any National/International-level sports tournament within the past four years.


Based on the candidates' overall score as determined by their performance in a particular set of sports, a distinct "Sports Rank List" (SRL) will be created. This list will be utilized for allocating seats.

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