From The Times of India Allahabad boy tops IIT, second spot for AP lad
I couldn't find the link online to a brief news item which appeared in The Hindu. But the story on The Hindu states that of the 1,80,000+ students who took part in the IIT JEE, about 4,500 have secured more than the cut-off. The report further states that this year the exams were made easier based on a request from the Government to enable students from the Government schools to do better(!). The result of this was the cut-off marks going up.
It is confusing to me how making the exams somewhat easier helps students from Government schools. The cut-off goes up and in any case only 4,500 people or so end up over the cut-off. The cut-off is a moving point and aims to allow only those many students as many vacancies.