As many as 800 supernumerary seats have been created specifically for female candidates in the IITs in order to improve the gender balance in IITs and as per directives of the MHRD, Government of India.

In 2018, a total of 11279 seats are being offered in the IITs. Of the total qualified candidates, 2076 are females and qualified boys are 16062.

A Total number of 155158 candidates appeared in both papers 1 and 2 in JEE (Advanced) 2018. A total of 18138 candidates have qualified JEE (Advanced) 2018 scoring above the cut‐offs required for qualification. This is more than 1.6 times the number of seats that are being offered.

The total number of qualified general (GE) candidates is 8794 while the number of qualified OBC candidates is 3140. Under SC and ST categories, 4709 and 1495 students respectively have qualified. 

Supernumerary seats will be created to accommodate foreign candidates along with Defence Service (DS) candidates who qualify JEE (Advanced) 2018, with a restriction of maximum 2 DS candidates per IIT.