Students with 45% in PCM can apply for Engineering colleges in Maharashtra
Engineering colleges in Maharashtra which were finding it difficult to get candidates for degree courses have some reason to give a standing ovation now with the eligibility criteria for applicants being relaxed.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), an advisory body in all matters relating to technical education, has relaxed the basic eligibility criteria for admissions to the first year engineering course.
The minimum criteria has been brought down to 45% (40% for reserved category) aggregate in physics, chemistry and mathematics (PCM) group in standard XII exam, from 50% in force till last year.
Over 2.54 lakh applicants had appeared for the engineering entrance exam, for which the minimum eligibility is just one mark out of 200. However, many of them were not able to fulfill the basic criteria of scoring 150/300 marks in PCM group in HSC.
With AICTE lowering the bar, any candidate scoring 135/300 marks would become eligible for admissions to BE first year.
This follows the apex engineering body’s decision to lower the bar for polytechnic admissions to 35% from 50% in standard X exam from any board.
Currently, over 1.14 lakh engineering seats are up for grabs in 309 colleges across Maharashtra. However, the number of applications was around 90000 till last Wednesday, which raised fears of many seats remaining vacant across the state.
Last year over 22000 seats remained vacant and many new colleges were forced to close some branches, including that of Information Technology, which was once a popular choice of students.