“Only 6.8% girls in Top 1000 JEE Ranks”
“JEE Result Analysis: 79.2% boys clear exam as against 20.8% girls”
“IITs earmark 14% special quota for girls from 2018”
Year after year, newspapers and publications are packed with headlines, like the ones above, with the release of results of various competitive examinations. A nation-wide debate on the performance of girls and the subsequent reasons for their low success rate rekindles. This gives rise to the blame game directed either towards girls or the society.
Think about it. People cite several reasons:
- No encouragement or emphasis from family, no expectations from girl child.
- Women generally are not trained to be as focussed hence don’t do that well in standardised problem-orientated aptitude tests. Girls are generally made to be active in socialising and household works in addition to their school studies.
- Girls are simply not smart enough.
However, can one be certain of the reason for their unsatisfactory performance over the years? We tried to find out with data instead of assumptions.
myPAT extracted the performance reports of all its students who scored a rank in JEE Advanced 2017. Since we had 5290 selections in the said examination, the sample set turned out to be a big percentage of total population and was uniformly spread across all ranks. We applied a variety of Data Science techniques to crunch the insights.
After hours of brainstorming and patience, we came up with some rather interesting gender-specific insights. Check them out for yourselves.
- The topics across science and math show a different level of affinity towards each gender.
- A pattern was observed in the favourite topics of each gender.
- For a given concept, one gender performs better than the other.
Collating the comprehensive data set, we concluded:
“Females outperform male in 51.6% concepts. Or males outperform female in 48.4% concepts.”
The stats may look unbelievable to you, but they are true! While the difference may be more prominent in cases where males are performing better, one cannot ignore the fact that females have entered the race and aren’t too far behind. It is only a matter of time when the world will watch them overtake men.
The conclusion clearly implies girls are not lagging in any way, nor are they incapable. They have the calibre to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with boys in allegedly the toughest exam in the country. And we have data to back up our claim.
So, do girls need a separate merit list or quota? Will these measures empower girls? No! This is not empowerment in its truest sense. Empowerment comes when you raise them to compete head to head with the other gender, not by simply granting them. A national JEE Rank 1 amongst girls is surely a matter of repute. But a girl scoring an absolute national JEE Rank 1 is a matter of honour!
We believe, more than a girl’s quota, the right amount of encouragement and channelized efforts have the power to do wonders for girls!
And this International Women’s Day we cheer all the fierce women out there to show the world –whatever a man can do, a woman can do better!!!