With no negative marking and the use of the Maharashtra state board syllabus in the entrance test, there has been a substantial rise from last year in the number of students qualifying for seats in the medical science category at state medical colleges.
This year, 39,328 candidates --- 20.8% of those who appeared for the test --- have qualified for medical science seats (MBBS and BDS) at state medical colleges, according to the results for the state medical common entrance test (MH-CET 2015), declared on Friday.
Last year, only 7,506 out of the 1.48 lakh students - around 5 % - qualified for the seats.
“The number of students who have qualified for the medical science seats has substantially increased from the previous year as negative marking was scrapped and the test was conducted on the basis of class 12 state board syllabus . The test was on par with other competitive exams which are held across the country,” said Dr Pravin Shingare, director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), which conducts the test.
The entrance test, a gateway for undergraduate courses at state medical colleges, was held on May 7 across 507 centres.
For the academic year 2015-16, around 7,500 seats are available for undergraduate medical courses, including MBBS, BDS, and BSc (Nursing), conducted by state medical colleges.
Harshitha Harish Shetty, a student from Fergusson College, Pune emerged as the lone top scorer from the state, with a score of 199 out of a possible 200. She scored full marks in physics and chemistry, while in biology, Shetty scored 99 out of 100.
“I do not belong to a family with a medical background. The score came as a pleasant surprise as I was expecting a score of around 190. I wish to secure admission to the MBBS course at BJ Medical College, Pune,” Shetty said.