EDUCATION PLUS

EAMCET-09 promises more gains



Inclusion of CBSE and ICSE syllabus in EAMCET this year is likely to open doors for more competition writes R. RAVIKANTH REDDY

EAMCET – the link between success and so-called failure of students in the State is a different ball game altogether this year.

While the 25 per cent weightage given for Intermediate marks has changed the game altogether, some changes expected to be brought in from this year will open the doors of success to more number of students.

Inclusion of CBSE and ICSE syllabus that has already been incorporated in the Intermediate syllabus to a large extent, is likely to make it a bit easy for students from other syllabi to compete with local students for top ranks. The weightage itself has opened up competition, which earlier was confined to two corporate colleges in the State.

“Changes in the syllabus will not be major despite including certain topics from CBSE and ICSE,” says L.V.A.R. Sharma, Convener, EAMCET-2009. Intermediate first year syllabus was changed in 2007-08 and the second year syllabus in 2008-09 to prepare students to take the all-India tests like IIT-JEE and AIEEE more competently. “There will no change in the examination pattern and the number of questions will also remain the same.”

No first year students

Given the previous year’s experience Prof. Sharma has plans to ensure that no first year student writes the entrance test. Last year about 60,000 first year students took the test and it changed the equations in ranks leading to confusion. Another change is the decision to allow students holding a Diploma in Pharmacy to take the EAMCET. This is due to the introduction of the six-year Pharm.D course, whose admissions will be based on EAMCET rank. Their admission to B.Pharmacy course all these years was through lateral entry.

Prof. Sharma says submission of forms through the web will continue to be encouraged though a separate application form has to be submitted through the normal mode. Candidates will get a registered number once they fill the form online and that number has to be mentioned in the form to be submitted in person.

Weightage

With regard to weightage, Prof. Sharma says the marks of both theory and practical examinations will be counted. EAMCET marks will be announced initially and the final rank will be given at the end of July. He said a special software has been prepared that will calculate the final rank of the candidate taking into account both EAMCET and Intermediate marks. “Students need not suspect any manipulations as there will be minimal manual interference,” he assured.

Improving ranks

Those who have passed Intermediate or its equivalent before 2009 and re-appearing for EAMCET for better ranks will necessarily have to submit their marks-sheets authenticated by a gazetted officer. Students who originally belong to the State but residing in other States for various reasons also have to submit their marks sheets attested by a gazetted officer quoting registration number. There will be no enhancement in the application fee and it will be Rs. 250.



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