Andhra Pradesh has withheld the results of agriculture and medical streams of the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) after the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that all admissions to medical and dental courses would be held on the basis of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
The state, however, released the results of engineering stream late on Monday. State human resource development minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said the government would take a decision about the results of agriculture and medical streams will be taken in a day or two.
“There is an ambiguity over the court orders. A decision will be taken after we have a clarity,” he said. Minister for medical and health Kamineni Srinivas said the government would seek legal opinion on whether they can appeal again or seek clarification from the apex court.
“We will decide what is best for the future of the students,” he said while apologising to students and their parents for the delay and confusion.
Andhra Pradesh sought exemption from the apex court orders regarding NEET arguing its case was different from other states as it is protected by the Article 371(D) and the subsequent Presidential Order that gives special privileges in admissions.
More than 2.90 lakh students had appeared in the EAMCET on April 29, a day after the SC delivered its judgement, asking all states to follow NEET. Despite the confusion after the court order, Andhra government went ahead with the examination.
Over one lakh students appeared for the test for admissions into agriculture and medicine courses.
A total of 1,79,642 students wrote the engineering test and out of them, 1,31,581 qualified. Andhra Pradesh has 1,50,000 engineering seats.
The top 10 ranks were secured by boys and Satti Vamshikrishna Reddy of Visakhapatnam bagged the first rank by scoring 158 out of 160 marks. Four of the top 10 rankers are from Telangana.
Notification for admissions into engineering colleges will be issued on May 27. The officials will verify certificates on June 6. Seats will be allocated on June 22 while classes will start from June 27,
The candidates can also see the results at www.apeamcet.org .