None of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Board toppers made it to the top 10 of the Common Entrance Test (CET), the results of which were announced on Sunday.
Harshad Chavan (17), who topped the Mumbai division with 96.67 per cent in his Class 12 examinations, was disappointed with his score of 185 marks out of 200 in the Engineering CET.
“I am extremely disappointed since I expected to score more in CET. With this score, I really don’t know if I will get admission to the college of my choice,” he said.
“I wanted admission in Veermata Jijabai Technical Institute or Sardar Patel College of Engineering, but I may even consider Swami Vivekanand Engineering college now,” added Chavan.
Some of those who did not make it to the HSC merit lists, made their way to the CET merit lists. Shagun Shah, who scored 199 out of 200 and topped the medical CET, had secured only 90.5 per cent in her Class 12 exams, which might not have even allowed her admission in a top college in the first lists.
The HSC state topper Almas Nazim Syed, who had scored 98.5 per cent in the Class 12 examinations, was placed 16th in the general merit list of the medical CET.
“The teaching pattern does differ as CET is an objective-type test. The HSC toppers are good in all six subjects whereas the CET toppers study harder with a sharper focus on math or biology depending on their preference for engineering or medicine respectively,” said Sudha Asthana, biology teacher, SIES College, Sion.
“One of the constraints is that the teachers in junior colleges have to stick to the HSC Board guidelines, but we try to give students tips as to how the same question will change for CET,” she added.
“The approach of the students is important. In HSC, the questions are straightforward whereas in CET they need analytical and reasoning powers,” said Santosh Singh, maths teacher at K.C. College.
“Since we have to complete the Class 12 portion, we do not have time to adapt to different teaching patterns, but we try our level best to co-relate HSC to CET. We also have a test series at college for our students,” he added.
The only exception was perhaps Patil Dadasaheb Baban (17), who topped the backward class category in HSC with 94.67 per cent and also topped the CET in the backward class category with 191 marks out of 200.
“I am happy that I topped both. I plan to study Chemical Engineering at Institute of Chemical Technology,” he said.
A few HSC toppers have done reasonably well in the CET.
The Mumbai division girls’ topper in the general category, Lekha Muraleedharan (17), scored 196 and was placed 13th in the merit list. Akshay Rohit, who stood second in the HSC Mumbai divison, scored 195 in the CET and was 27 in the list.