Demand for engineering still high in Tamilnadu

Anna University has sold a record 1,39,589 applications for the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions in the four days since the sale began on Monday. In 2010 as many as 57,500 applications were sold on the first day, while this year the number grew to 88,774.

Candidate’s mark sheet would be verified online with the higher secondary exam results data provided by the department of government examinations. If there is any discrepancy in the two lists then TNEA will check it manually

Also, there could be an increase of 30,000 engineering seats this year. More than 19,000 applications for MBBS and BDS courses were sold in government-run medical and dental colleges on Friday, the fifth day of the sale of applications for 17 government medical colleges, 8 self-financing medical and 16 dental colleges affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University. Students had to pay a Demand Draft for Rs 500 in favour of the Secretary, Selection committee payable at Chennai.

The cut-off marks have also been increasing since 2006. The cut-off for Open Category candidates, 197.50 in 2010, is expected to touch 199.75 this year. In 2009, no student with less than 175.50 cut-off marks was admitted to government colleges. This rose to 179.5 in 2010 and is expected to cross 180 in 2011.

However, there has been no increase in the no. of seats in government medical colleges. A total of 1,653 seats in 17 government colleges and 547 seats in 8 self-financing colleges are on offer. For the BDS course, there will be 85 seats in the Madras Dental College and 891 in 15 private colleges. In the paramedical courses, 12,000 applications were sold in the last four days.

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