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With more and more students scoring higher percentages in their SSC and HSC examinations, it is not just the colleges but even coaching classes have come up with cut-offs for those who want to take up private tuitions. With high scores becoming a norm, institutes training students for competitive exams post-class XII are asking for either an overall aggregate of 90% or at least in mathematics and science. Some of the institutes that train students for IITs not only seek higher percentages but also base the admissions on entrance tests. "We hold entrance tests as our admissions begin much before the SSC results are announced. After the results are out, we reject some applications if their aggregate scores are low," said Praveen Tyagi of IITians' Pace.
Narendra Bhambwani, vice-president of the Maharashtra Coaching Class Owners' Association, said institutes do it just to get the best students on board. "If these students do well in their boards, they can advertise themselves later. Many coaching classes even try to give flat discounts to high scorers to just get them to enrol in their institute. Some have high cut-offs for specific batches where they claim to give them intensive coaching throughout the year," he said. A student from Ghatkopar was turned away by a reputed private tutor in her area after she secured 82% in her SSC board exams. "The tutor is very popular and good at teaching too, but as my scores were low, I had to settle for another one," the student said.
But for some of the institutes that run multiple batches at different branches, filling up seats are more important than the cut-offs. Many of them shut the admissions process once their batches are full. From regular to vacation to vacation-cum-regular batches, the coaching classes offer it all. Chhaya Shastri, one of the directors of MT Educare that has around 110 locations in Mumbai, claims that they offer coaching everyone who applies. "We shut admissions as soon as the batches are full. We do not keep track of the cut-offs," she claimed. However, the institute runs intensive batches for "brilliant" students.
"We offer customized coaching for students. There are three types of batches that include remedial coaching for slow learners, doubt solving batches and the intensive coaching batch. The training is given as per their needs," Shastri claimed. Jagdish Walawalkar from Ideal Coaching classes said that cut-offs and entrance tests are a publicity gimmick played by many to attract students. "At the end of the day, if parents are paying high fees, students are mostly admitted," he said. It is not just big cities like Mumbai that have cut-offs, even places like Miraj in south Maharashtra have similar systems in place. Coaching institutes in these places have also made it mandatory for students to secure a minimum percent of marks before they are admitted.
Courtesy: Times of India
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