Candidates from rural areas claimed first ranks in more than half of the 38 tests conducted as part of the Andhra University Common Entrance Test (AUCET) 2013 for admission into the PG courses of AU and Dr. Ambedkar University (Etcherla, Srikakulam) Both the tests held under AU Engineering Entrance Test 2013 for the five-year integrated dual degree and twinning programmes at AU saw domination of urban candidates with two boys from Visakhapatnam taking the top honours.

Top rankers in 21 out of the 38 tests in AUCET are from rural background, nine of them from Visakhapatnam district, five from Srikakulam district and three each from Vizianagaram and East Godavari and one from West Godavari. They include T.A.E.N.S. Suryanarayana of Chowudvada in K. Kotapadu mandal who secured No.1 rank in politics and public administration test and also among all the arts and commerce tests. One with rural background topped even the English test. Thamarana Simhachalam of Marepalli in Devarapalli mandal of Visakhapatnam has this distinction.

Among the candidates with urban background 10 from Visakhapatnam took the top spot in their respective tests. One each from Kakinada, Guntur, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, Bobbili, Narsipatnam and Nuzvid were toppers and a candidate from Odisha - Raj Kishor Mohanty of Berhampur – stood first in geology. Girls were toppers in 17 tests and D. Leela scored the highest number of marks, in mathematics, to top all the AUCET candidates ST candidate Tumudu Sai Charan of Iradapalli in Paderu mandal is top ranker in zoology while A. Nageswara Rao belonging to SC category topped the test for human rights and duties course. The following are top rankers in different tests: M. Venkatesh of Parvathi Nagar, Palakol mandal, West Godavari-commerce (OC); V. Lakshmi Naga Gowri of LT Colony, Payakaraopeta-economics (OC); P. Lova Kumar of V. Sarabhavaram, Rolugunta mandal-adult and continuing education (BC-B); T. Simhachalam- English (BC-D); S. Santoshi Poornima of Visakhapatnam-fine arts (BC-D); S. Tatarao of Gidijala-Hindi (BC-D); G. Chandram of Bhetalapuram, Srikakulam district-history (BC-A); B. Binny Douglas of Visakhapatnam-HRM (OC); A. Nageswara Rao of AU Law Hostel-human rights and duties (SC); M. Vasu of Vizianagaram- Journalism and Mass Communication (BC-D); B. Ashok Kumar of Sangamvalasa, Vizianagaram, - library and information science (BC-D); R. Padma of Srikakulam-M.Ed. (OC); K. Ravi of Jadyada, Nandigam mandal, Srikakulam - philosophy (BC-A); TAENS Suryanarayana (BC-D); M.N. Ravali of Visakhapatnam -psychology (OC); B. Chinnammalu of J. Rangarayapuram, Bobbili mandal-Sanskrit (BC-D); V. Srinivasa Rao of Thamminaidupeta, Etcherla mandal - social work (BC-A); K. Suryanarayana of Sarabavaram, Rolugunta mandal - sociology (BC-D); V. Lakshmu Naidu of Regidi, Srikakulam district - Telugu (BC-D); A. Appalanaidu of Galavilli, Vizianagaram district - MA economics 5-year course (BC-D); M.V. Vijaya Durga of Vetlapalem, EG district-biochemistry (OC); M.B.K. Priyanka of Bobbili - biotechnology (OC); B.R.S. Kalyani of Pathabypureddypalem, Narsipatnam mandal-botary (BC-D); D.B. Sankar of Narsipatnam - chemistry (OC); G. Devika of Nuzvid-computer science and statistics (BC-E); M. Vimala of Guntur-electronics (OC); Ch. Sripadma Valli of Bendapudi, EG district-foods, nutrition and dietetics-OC; S. Khageswara Rao of Mathala colony, Srikakulam district (BC-A); R.K. Mohanty- geology (OC); Y.D. Jyotsna of Thipparajupalem, EG district-human gentics (OC); Ch. Santosh Kumar of Visakhapatnam-marine living resources (BC-A); D. Leela (BC-D); A.D.N. Aparna of Visakhapatnam-microbiology (BC-D); D. Bhargavi Devi of Visakhapatnam-physics (OC); Priyanka Jain of Kakinada-statistics (OC); T. Sai Charan-zoology (ST); Pooja Pradhan of Visakhapatnam-computer science (OC); R.L. Saran Kumar of Kothapenta, Visakhapatnam district- 5 years M.Sc. in applied chemistry (BC-D).