The cut-off mark for engineering admissions could go up by 0.5 to 3 marks this year, said Prof. Mannar Jawahar, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University.

For students with a qualifying score of 195 and above, this year's cut-off mark could go up by 0.5 marks. For students with a 190+, it could be up by one mark. The cut-off mark could increase by two marks for students who have scored in the 185-190 range and by three marks for those in the 180-185 range, Prof Jawahar told The Hindu.

More students have obtained good scores in mathematics for which weightage was more, he said. This year, 13,383 students have scored 195 and above in mathematics. As many as 2,697 scored centum and 2,432 have scored 199. Last year, 9,903 students had scored 195+ in mathematics. In physics, 9,128 students have scored 195+ compared to 6,910 last year. In Chemistry, 10,414 students have scored 195+ compared to 8,732 students the previous year.

Anna University has published the minimum cut-off mark and the maximum rank allotted in each college in 2010 on its website Based on their marks, students could find out the colleges they are likely to get admission, the Vice-Chancellor said.

The process of granting approval to new engineering colleges could take time. After the scrutiny of documents, 80 per cent of 120-odd applications were rejected for want of building approvals. Only 30 have obtained the necessary approval and the rest have sought time and this has been conveyed to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), said Mr. Jawahar, who is also AICTE Southern Regional Chairman. New colleges seeking to be included in the admission process would first have their facilities inspected by an expert team. The regional and high-power committees would have to approve them later. “The process will go on till the middle of June,” he said. The AICTE has not taken a decision on sanctioning additional seats in many of the top engineering colleges. Usually, an expert team would visit the college before the high-power committee sanctioned any increase in intake. Additional seats may not make much of a difference for students who have scored 180 and above, Mr. Jawahar said.