A week after the facility for submission of online applications were opened for the engineering and medical aspirants, made mandatory for the first time, officials are surprised to see an overwhelming number of students preferring to pay the fee using credit cards.

In fact, many students are accessing the website after office hours indicating that they don't want to depend on the EAMCET office for clarifications that works only during regular office hours.

“It has dispelled the notion that students are not comfortable with submission of online applications,” EAMCET-2012 Convenor N.V. Ramana Rao said.

Figures available with EAMCET officials reveal that 13,643 candidates submitted their applications till Saturday night of which nearly 6,000 were girls.

Those who used credit cards were 5,300 while the others approached the eSeva centres (4,500) and AP Online centres (3,826).

Response from rural areas was less as only 1,556 candidates submitted applications from centres in rural places while 12,087 candidates were from urban areas of which Hyderabad contributed 5,687.

But Prof. Ramana Rao says the numbers from rural areas are encouraging given the initial apprehensions.

Within a week, if 1,500 students from rural areas have submitted online, it is an indication of the acceptance of the online submission decision.

Interestingly, encouraging response is seen even in small cities like Anantapur, Kurnool, Khammam and Nizamabad.

While majority of applicants were from the Intermediate stream, several applications from the CBSE, ICSE, Open School system, and RGUKT too were submitted. More than twenty applicants were from RGUKT that gives a B.Tech degree after six years after 10th class.

It has recently introduced the exit option after two years.

As expected, girl applicants far outnumber boys in the medical stream.

So far, 3,327 candidates applied for medical stream exam of which 2,143 were girls.

Response is more from urban areas here too. About 100 students applied for both medical and engineering streams - 30 of these are from regular Intermediate course and 37 from CBSE.

Prof. Rao said the website has received more than 50,000 hits so far and more than 3,000 students are accessing the system simultaneously.

  • 13,643 candidates submitted their applications till Saturday night

  • Girl applicants far outnumber boys in the medical stream