Shronit Ladhani had to recheck his score a couple of times just to be sure that it was not wrong.
He had a near perfect engineering score of 199 out of 200 in the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET).
The CET is the entrance criteria for both engineering and medical courses, but while medicine aspirants do not seem to have fared well, engineering aspirants have scored well.
Ladhani’s 199 is not alone.
In Mumbai itself, three other students share the same score.
Of the 2.82 lakh students who took the test, 2,49,052 students took the engineering test (physics, chemistry and mathematics).
This year, 183 students scored between 190 and 200 while last year 135 scored within that range.
“One reason might be that in mathematics there is a definitive answer so scoring is simpler but in biology, options can be ambiguous and confuse the student,” said Kavita Rege, principal of Sathaye College in Vile Parle.
Students will be competing for 85,141 seats in 271 government and private colleges. There are also five autonomous engineering institutes in the state and one deemed university.
Over years, the demand for engineering courses has outdone medical courses. “The number of seats in courses will increase once the AICTE notification will come through by June 30 and students will have more options and a better chance of finding a seat,” said S.K Mahajan, director of the Directorate of Technical Education.
Meanwhile, all the near-perfect scorers in the city are celebrating.
“I wanted to score a perfect 200, but this is pretty good too. I attribute my success to the hard work I put in throughout the year. I want to study computer science from VJTI,” said Rahul Dube, a students from Mithibai College who scored 199.