Cut-off marks may come down

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INTERACTION: Students shoot questions at The Hindu Education Plus Career Fair 2006 in Chennai on Saturday. Photo: V. Ganesan
INTERACTION: Students shoot questions at The Hindu Education Plus Career Fair 2006 in Chennai on Saturday. Photo: V. Ganesan

Meera Srinivasan

Deterioration in students' performance compared to last year

CBSE, State Board students have an equal chance Revaluation could delay counselling

CHENNAI: Cut-off marks for Engineering and Medical admissions this year are likely to come down by about six marks compared to last year.

Addressing students at the `The Hindu Education Plus Career Fair 2006' held here on Saturday, Salem-based educational consultant and analyst Jaiprakash Gandhi attributed this to deterioration in students' relative performance in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology papers in this year's Plus Two examinations.

In Mathematics, for instance, 849 students secured centum this year compared to 2,773 last year. The overall performance had also declined. The number of students scoring an aggregate of more than 1,100 was 6,377 compared to 15,562 last year.

The number of students with an average of 60 per cent in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry went down from last year's 1,32,448 to 1,14,093 this year.

However, Mr. Gandhi said CBSE and State Board students had an equal chance in the admission scene, which looked promising. The CBSE students had scored high this time while the State Board students had not done so well. As a result, students who scored 193 or 194 marks out of 200, stood a very good chance of getting into some of the top colleges.

This was not possible last year, when even a score of 199 was hardly enough to secure a medical seat. But hundreds of students were appealing for revaluation too. This could even delay the commencement of counselling, if there was any appreciable difference in their marks.

Urban-rural divide

He also highlighted the urban-rural divide, which was evident from the performance of students belonging to various educational districts.

Out of the 333 toppers who secured an average of 198/200 in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, 302 were from urban Tamil Nadu.

With the results of the Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Examinations to be released on Sunday, the final ranking and the cut-off marks would be clear very soon.

He would do a detailed analysis for The Hindu once the results were declared.

Next Tuesday, the Minister for Higher Education will meet heads of self-financing institutions for discussing the percentage of seats they will surrender to the Government quota.

The outcome of the meeting will give candidates and parents a clearer picture of the number of seats that may be available under the Government pool for allocation through counselling and single window system of Anna University.

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