With less than 3,000 medical seats on offer in the State, the competition is going to be too tough this year for aspirants. This is because a high percentage of students who have written the Plus-Two examinations are expecting centums in biology and chemistry, which will increase the cut-off to beyond 199, according to Jayaprakash Gandhi, career consultant and analyst.
Speaking to students, who were awaiting the Plus-Two results and eager to know options about choosing courses, at the sixth edition of The Hindu Education Plus Fair 2013, he said the medical cut-off will be higher than last year’s 198.5.
Last year, the number of centums in biology was 620. This might be almost double this year going by the performance of the students. Centums in chemistry is also expected to be high as against last year’s 1,443.
Last year, the number of engineering seats, including the management quota, was 2.64 lakh. From these, 55,055 went vacant. This year, another 8,000 additional seats were expected, and the number of seats to go vacant was expected to be around 80,000.
“Engineering offers very good options, but what makes the difference is where you study. In the same manner, every field has opportunities, but a few fields have better opportunities,” he said.
This year too, he said, the course that would have the maximum demand would be Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE). Computer science engineering and civil engineering would also be courses that would be closely in demand. The third most in demand would be mechanical engineering.
He urged girls to go in for this stream as there were opportunities galore for them in comparison to boys. For those who would not make it to medical, instead of opting for BDS as the next choice, Mr. Gandhi urged students to go for B.Sc. Agriculture.
He asked them to watch out for the way the cut-off was calculated here, which was different from engineering.
The other choices were B.Tech. Poultry Technology, BA Economics, or Law.
“Economics has a tremendous future and those who have studied other subjects in Plus-Two can also opt for economics. The other profession that will be in great demand in the future is Law. There are 1,550 seats in Law and very few takers. Those who have less cut-off should opt for this,” Mr. Gandhi urged.
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