All India Council For Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to cut short the engineering seats by 50,000. Yes, in the academic session, the engineering seats will be reduced. The reason is the lesser number of candidates willing to join engineering colleges.

In India, 14.5 lakh seats are available in engineering. However, the candidates who have applied for engineering admission in 2019-20 has stopped at 8 to 9 lakhs only. The ratio is quite poor. There are too many engineering seats that are being wasted. Around 5 lah seats are to remain vacant.


The lesser aspirants of engineering over the past few years has lead to a reduction in the number of seats for 16.5 lakhs to 14.5 lakhs in about 10,000 AICTE approved colleges across the nation. There are plans to reduce the seats further to 12 lakh this year. As per Professor P.C. Chandrasekharan of Anna University, seeing this years’ engineering aspirants number, reducing the seats to 12 lakh is a good equation.

The number of students appearing in the national level entrance exam – JEE Main 2019 has also reduced. Until 2018, 11 lakh candidates used to register for the exam. However, in 2019 this number has reduced to 9 lakhs. For both the JEE Main 2019 sessions the number of registrations received is around 9 lakhs only.

50,000 engineering seats across about 10,000 engineering colleges are about to go down this year. Engineering being the most popular profession in India seems not so popular now. However, the seats in the engineering colleges are being planned to be converted to arts and science seats.

What Happens To These Extra Seats?

In this regard Professor P.C. Chandrasekharan says that it is important for the engineering aspirants to mingle with students of other departments like arts and science for their holistic development. Thus, allowing the engineering colleges to convert these seats into setas of other streams by opening up new courses is not a bad move.

Reducing the number of engineering seats will not cause any shortage. As offering around 12 lakh seats to 9 lakh students who wish to join engineering in this academic session is a fair enough ratio.

As per reports, between 2014-18, Over 2.27 Lakh Engineering seats have been reduced in the country. The AICTE approved seats has decreased from 16,94,030 in 2014-15 to 14,66,713 in 2017-18. That is a decline of 13.41 per cent.

In this direction of reducing the number of seats already as many as 200 substandard engineering colleges have also applied for seat submissions this year. The drop in engineering aspirants had lead to growth in other fields like Pharmacy, Hotel Management, PGDM, MBA, Architecture etc.

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