Centralized Admissions for Engineering Colleges in India

INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics, Forthcoming

35 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2018 Last revised: 6 Oct 2019

See all articles by Surender Baswana

Surender Baswana

IIT Kanpur

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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur

Sharat Chandran

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay - IIT BOMBAY

Yash Kanoria

Columbia Business School - Decision Risk and Operations

Utkarsh Patange

Columbia University

Date Written: December 10, 2018

Abstract

We designed and implemented a new joint seat allocation process for undergraduate admissions to over 500 programs spread across 80 technical universities in India, including the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Our process is based on the well known Deferred Acceptance algorithm, but complex affirmative action seat reservations led us to make a number of algorithmic innovations, including (i) a carefully constructed heuristic for incorporating non-nested common quotas that span multiple programs, (ii) a method to utilize unfilled reserved seats with no modifications to the core software, and (iii) a robust approach to reduce variability in the number of reserved category candidates admitted, while retaining fairness. Our new seat allocation process went live in 2015, and based on its success, including significant and provable reduction in vacancies, it has remained in successful use since, with continuing improvements.

Keywords: stable matching, college admission, deferred acceptance, affirmative action, algorithm, implementation, market design

Suggested Citation

Baswana, Surender and Chakrabarti, Partha and Chandran, Sharat and Kanoria, Yash and Patange, Utkarsh, Centralized Admissions for Engineering Colleges in India (December 10, 2018). INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3298917

Surender Baswana

IIT Kanpur ( email )

Kharagpur
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 208016
India

Partha Chakrabarti

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur ( email )

Kharagpur
IIT Khragpur
Kharagpur, IN West Bengal 721302
India

Sharat Chandran

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay - IIT BOMBAY ( email )

MUMBAI, Maharashtra 400076
India

Yash Kanoria

Columbia Business School - Decision Risk and Operations ( email )

New York, NY
United States

Utkarsh Patange (Contact Author)

Columbia University ( email )

New York, NY
United States

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