The revised norms for preparing the rank lists for engineering entrance examination for 2011?came into force on Monday.

As per the prospectus?released by Education Minister M.A.Baby and Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy here, the?rank lists for engineering courses will be prepared giving equal weightage for the marks secured?for Plus Two?as well as the entrance examination conducted by the?Commissioner for Entrance Examinations. The marks secured for the subjects concerned, like mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, biotechnology and biology will be added to the marks scored for the entrance examination. The marks of the Kerala State Higher?Secondary and Vocational?Higher Secondary examinations will be taken as given in the mark list. The marks of other boards will be considered after effecting?a?normalisation procedure that has been worked out. Only those candidates who have secured a minimum of 10 marks each for Paper I and Paper II will be included in the rank list. This restriction will not be applicable for SC/ST candidates.

A relaxation of 5 per cent marks in the qualifying examination will be given to candidates who belong to the Socially and Educationally?Backward Classes. The application form and prospectus will be distributed from Wednesday to February 14. Application forms will be distributed through? 156 post offices in the State as well as eight offices outside the State.

In the engineering stream, there are 33697 seats in the engineering colleges in the State. There are 180 seats for B.Arch,?46 seats for B.Tech agriculture engineering and ?25 seats for B.Tech dairy science and technology. The agriculture engineering and dairy science courses are being conducted by the Kerala Agricluture University.

Heath Minister P.K. Sreemathy said that an amendment wil be piloted in the budget session of the Assembly to exempt SC/ST students from appearing for entrance examinations. Since the?Medical Council?of India has strict rules, it was mandatory for the government to secure the consent of the Assembly and then?take further steps?for securing the exemption.?

The entrance examination commissionerate is expecting 1,30,000 applications for the examinations this year. There are 2150 seats for MBBS, 1080 for BDS, 790 for BAMS, 250 for BHMS and 50 for siddha. Details of the examinations can be had from