The 72-year-old host was identified final 12 months with Parkinson’s illness, which led to his determination to step down after 28 years on the present.
BBC’s Media Editor Amol Rajan has emerged as a lead for the brand new presenter function.
The 39-year-old competed within the superstar version of the present in 2020, representing the College of Cambridge Downing School alumni crew as captain.
Within the bid for the job, Rajan will doubtless change the tempo of Paxman’s extreme method.
Bookmakers have additionally put ahead newsreader Fiona Bruce, comic Sandi Toksvig, each at 2/1 odds.
Richard Osman, former Pointless host, adopted intently on 3/1.
BBC journalist Samira Ahmed expressed her remorse on Twitter at not touchdown the function after time spent rehearsing as a “standby”.
She mentioned: “I approached College Problem myself months in the past. I’ve had an incredible time rehearsing & being a standby presenter for it this 12 months.
“However nobody from the BBC has spoken to me but about taking up. I’ve all the time been completely happy to undergo an sincere truthful course of and be judged on my deserves. I nonetheless am.”
Author and mathematician Bobby Seagull, who competed on College Problem in 2017, shared his ideas on Paxman’s departure.
Chatting with BBC Radio 4’s World At One, he mentioned: “I’m, like many different followers, unhappy to see the top of the time of the good and formidable Jeremy Paxman.
“He has simply change into an establishment. Many quiz followers each Monday night time we now have a routine, the head of the quiz night time is College Problem, Paxman since 1994 has been the centre piece of that.
“There are gimmicky recreation exhibits which can be enjoyable, College Problem is all concerning the information and that’s one thing that’s actually prized within the twenty first century.”