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Way2k 5 Oct 2012
Cut-offs down, but admission to be tough

The number of students who scored centum and high marks went up and made admissions tough for students last year. This year, the top scores are considerably lower, yet getting admission in premier engineering and medical colleges is likely to be tougher, say educational consultants and career guidance experts. Analysts expect the cut-off for engineering to go down by 0.5 to 2 marks for the most sought after courses in engineering colleges that have single window counselling. For MBBS course, it is likely to go down by 0.25 marks for admissions to colleges that are affiliated to the state medical university.

Cut-offs down, but admission to be tough

This time, only 35 students got centum in maths, physics and chemistry compared to 120 last year. The scores in these three subjects are used to calculate the cut-off marks for engineering admissions (see table). Educational consultant Jayaprakash Gandhi says this will give students of previous years a chance if they apply for admission this year. Application sales have increased as students from previous batches are hoping to get seats in colleges and courses of their choice, Gandhi said. This year, the overall scores have gone down in physics, a key subject for both engineering and medicine.

Lower down, fewer students were tied with the same marks. For instance, 87 students scored 199.75 out of 200 in the PCM group as compared to 188 last year. Similarly, between 199.75 and 198, there are 1,799 students compared to 2,376 students in 2011. But as we go down the list, it gets tougher for these years students to get the course and college of their choice, he says. This is because more students are tied at scores between 197.75 and 195 as compared to last year.

For admission to medical courses too, number of students who secured centum in biology, chemistry and physics has gone down from 65 in 2011 to 16 this year. This year 56 students scored between 199.75 and 200 marks compared to 71 last year, and 918 students scored between 199.5 and 198 marks against 1,038 last year. But counsellors say medical aspirants can take hope because there are at least 200 more medical seats. At least eight of the 17 students who scored 200/200 in maths, physics and chemistry are also toppers in biology. We don’t know if they will choose medicine or engineering. It’s too early to say, said Nedunchezhian D of Technocrats India College Finder.

Courtesy: Times of India

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