Updated: July 14, 2016 6:03:38 pm
THE RESULTS of the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET), which has held the attention of several medical aspirants in the state since May 5, were announced on Wednesday. Admission to engineering, pharmacy, medical and dental colleges across the state will be done through the MHT-CET scores.
While 53 students scored between 191 and 200 in the 200-mark test, 306 students scored between 181 and 190. The number of students scoring between 171 and 180 are 713. Only 22 students scored less than 10.
According to Dayanand Meshram, Joint Director, Directorate of Technical Education, all students who appeared for the test got two grace marks because of one wrong question in Physics and Chemistry each.
Of the 2,75,627 students who had appeared for admission into medical and dental colleges, only 46,797 students are eligible for admission. A student has to secure at least 50 per cent in the HSC exams as well as MHT-CET to get admission into a medical or dental college.
The first merit list will be announced within 10 days.
The medical entrance examination has been mired in controversy since May 4 when a Supreme Court order made it mandatory for medical aspirants to take the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). However, after several protests from parents and state education ministers, the President passed an ordinance that overturned the Supreme Court verdict partially.
For Maharashtra, admissions to government medical and dental colleges will be done through the MHT-CET scores for this year. Private colleges will admit students through NEET scores. From next year, all medical colleges will hold admissions through NEET scores.
On the other hand, for admission into engineering courses in the state, a student has to secure at least 50 per cent in the HSC exam only.
All students, who had Maths as a compulsory subject, are eligible for admission to engineering colleges.
Students who had both Biology and Maths as compulsory subjects, apart from Physics and Chemistry, are eligible for admission to any engineering or pharmacy college. If they scored more than 100 marks in the 200-mark MHT-CET, they are eligible for admission to medical college, too, said Meshram.
He said the admission process for engineering colleges has been modified this year for better transparency. The registration process for engineering admissions will begin on June 2.
According to the new process, all students seeking admission, including quota and NRI quota, will have to go through the Common Admission Process (CAP).
Aspirants have to rank their choice of course and college before the first round of counselling.
“They can mark their choices from one to 300, one being the highest. For the next two rounds of counselling, they cannot change their preference,” said Meshram.
The new CAP allows students to ‘freeze’ a seat if they get their choice of course and college at any stage of counselling. The students may also choose to ‘slide’ to a course which they had marked as higher preference at any stage of the counselling. They also have the option of ‘floating’ by which they can avail a seat at a college marked as a higher preference. The students can change their preference only at the fourth round of counselling.
All students have to go to the Admission Reporting Centre (ARC) for admissions instead of going to the college. An admission fee of Rs5,000 will have to be submitted to the ARC instead of the college. The fee will be transferred to the college once the admission is finalised.
The number of engineering seats have been reduced to 1,38,741 from last year’s 1,53,867. However, pharmacy seats have increased from last year’s 10,770 to 11,212. Eighteen-year-old Chinmay Ghanekar from Vile Parle scored 199 out of 200. He said, “I have taken the IIT JEE (Mains) exam too. If I get a seat in an NIT, I will go for that. If not, I will choose College of Engineering, Pune or VJTI, Mumbai.” He scored 83.6% in HSC exams.
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