Updated: July 14, 2016 6:05:32 pm
The results for the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test were finally declared on Wednesday. Of the 1,62,223 students from Rest of Maharashtra (ROM) region that Pune falls under, 13.9 per cent or 22,700 students are now eligible for admissions into medical, dental, engineering, pharmacy, veterinary science, para-medical and other courses.
After the subject experts agreed that two questions in the question paper were defective, two marks each were added to all candidates who appeared in this examination.
Authorities at Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) confirmed that of the 58,370 candidates from Vidharbha, 20.91 per cent or 12,203 became eligible for admissions while in Marathwada region, of the 55,034 candidates who appeared, 11,890 or 21.61 per cent became eligible.
However, since it is the first time that the state merit list has not been declared, students, parents and coaching institute professors complained that the declaration of the marks didn’t mean much as it would be difficult to predict the cut-off marks for various courses merely based on individual scores.
“Every year, the state merit list is declared along with the CET scores. The list also takes into account the additional quota marks for participation in sports, cultural events, NCC and other criteria, in which students get additional two marks for each category. Even extra two marks can sway admissions and that’s why it is important for them to add it up. Also, once the state merit list is prepared, students get to know their ranking in the state. For example, if a student gets rank 600 and there are 800 seats, it is a surety that they will get a seat. But if the merit lists is not declared, what is the point of knowing the scores?” said Sandeep Devadhar, director of Devadhar classes, a coaching institute.
Sailee Solunkhe, a student who scored 177, also said she hoped the state would declare the rankings. “Based on last year’s trend, 177 should be a good score to get into a government medical college but since seats are less in number this year, I am not sure now. Had they declared the merit list, it would have been easier to judge. However, now I am preparing for NEET 2 in July as I can’t take a chance,” she said.
Experts say that the reason for delay in declaration of results is because the Maharashtra CET cell did not call for the documents in time from students who qualify for extra marks under various quotas. Now the process of verification of documents is going on and after a final calculation, state merit list would be declared after 10 days.
Meanwhile, since fewer seats are available for admissions in medical and dental colleges this year, experts say cut-off marks could go up. “I think medical aspirants with less than 175 marks and dental aspirants with less than 173 marks should start preparing for NEET 2. Considering that this year at least 600 seats of five private medical colleges are not available and admissions will take place only on 2,810 seats, a close competition is likely,” said Harish Butle, founder of DEEPER that conducts mock tests.
However, when it comes to engineering admissions, though the cut-off varies from college to college and with branches, experts say overall it is likely to be less than the last year. “This year, if you compare HSC results with CET scores of the students in the PCM group, one would realise that the overall scores have not been that good. While it is too early to speak about cut-offs for engineering without getting the state rankings, it should be less than last year,” said counsellor Kedar Takalkar.
Medical seats: How numbers add up
Amongst the 2810 medical seats, 800 are in Vidharbha region, 500 in Marathawada and 1,510 in available in ROM. In each region, there is a 15 per cent national quota. In ROM, keeping the 227 all-India quota aside, 1,283 seats are available in the state quota. In Vidharbha, 120 are in AI quota while 680 state quota seats are available. In Marathwada, 75 of 500 seats are AI quota while 425 are state quota seats.
Of these, 70 per cent seats are reserved for students of the particular region and 30 per cent are merit seats which could be students from any part of state. In both regional and merit seats, at least 50 per cent are category seats while only 50 per cent are open seats. In both open and category seats, 30 per cent are reserved for women.
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