Undergraduate medical seat aspirants who are vying for seats in the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) quota this year may have to prepare for stiff competition.

According to details provided by COMEDK, more than 19 students have got a score of over 170 out of 180. Over 300 have obtained a score of over 160. As many as 7,543 students have secured above 125 marks.

While engineering seats are aplenty, the number of medical seats is less compared to the number of aspirants.

Chirag R., a medical seat aspirant, said, “I expected a good ranking. However, even though I scored 150 out of 180 marks, my rank is beyond 1,200, as other candidates have secured higher scores.” He is keeping his figures crossed and hoping that more seats are added to the medical seat matrix this year.

A.S. Srikanth, chief executive, COMEDK, said that in 2013 the cut-off rank for an MBBS seat was 2,995 and the student had secured 114 marks. “But the candidate ranked 2,995 this year has scored 141, indicating that the competition is fierce,” he explained.

Mr. Srikanth said students from outside Karnataka may have got an edge as the questions for the entrance test were based on the CBSE syllabus. “In the top 100 ranks, only 21 are from Karnataka,” he said. He said COMEDK counselling was likely to be held after June 26.

In the medical and dental stream, 23,291 of the 47,085 students, or 49.46 per cent of those who appeared for the test, have not qualified for counselling.

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