Even as the state merit list rankings for admission to health courses was finally declared by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) on June 10, students were disappointed as the trend clearly indicated higher cut-offs for admissions to state-run government medical colleges.
The DMER authorities peg the cut-off to government medical colleges for open category candidates at 180, whereas the same last year was around 173. The higher cut-off is being attributed to an easy MHT-CET paper, which enabled many students across the state to score high marks in the entrance exam.
DMER director Dr Pravin Shingare said that the likely cut-off score for admissions into the government medical colleges is likely to be 180 or 179 for students in the open category, keeping in mind the number of seats available and rankings according to the state merit list. “Our admissions are never on the basis of marks, but based on the state merit list rankings. Hence, for those students who have ranked above 1,400, can get a seat in the government medical colleges in open category. Looking at the state merit list rankings, it is obvious that the students with score above 179 fit into that category,” he said.
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Meanwhile, experts said that students are disappointed since the cut-off marks has increased.
“A student with a score of 180 would have got a rank below 1,000 and could have got admission into a good government medical college. But this year, the same student is scoring a rank above 1,200, which means he/she will get admissions but not necessarily in a nearby college. This year, owing to an easy exam, many students have scored high marks and hence, overall rankings have got affected,” said Harish Butle, founder of DEEPER, that conducts mock entrance tests.
Another important factor to consider is that compared to last year, seats available for admissions through MHT-CET are lesser since this year, only 2,810 seats of government medical colleges are available for admissions while seats of private medical colleges are no longer part of MHT-CET admission process.
Tutor Sandeep Deodhar pointed out how students with a score below 179 in his classes are being advised for preparing for NEET 2 to ensure they get admission in a government medical college that is now unlikely through MHT-CET rankings. “I have a student with 181 score and while it is sure that with his ranking of 1,164, he would get into a government medical college but since he was aiming for BJ Medical College, it is not sure if he will get in with the ranking. So he will appear for NEET 2 to try to get a good score and get into the college through All India quota now,” he said.