The performance of candidates at the state’s engineering common entrance test (CET) has sagged this year, with the new syllabus largely responsible for the fall. The results were announced on Wednesday.
Compared to last year, the number of candidates in the 190-plus bracket fell from 39 to 31, 275 to 232 in the 170 to 189 bracket and 1,915 to 1,292 in the 160 to 179 bracket. In the 140 to 159 bracket, the number fell from 4,054 to 3,286.
The state topper, Jeet Mehta is from Mumbai and scored 197 out of 200, a shade higher than last year’s top score of 196 out of 200. Science students at the Class 12 state board exams have also done poorly because of the changed syllabus.
“The result has gone down this time because the new syllabus was applicable from this year,” said S Mahajan, director of technical education.
This is the last state CET for engineering; from next year candidates will have to appear for the single national test – the Joint Entrance Exam- Main.
Students appeared to be shocked by the results. “I can’t understand what happened this time, everyone was expecting better results,” said Shabnam Shaikh, parent of a student who scored less than 100.
In total, 2.87 lakh candidates appeared for the CET this year, with 8,551 candidates from Mumbai scoring above 100.
The poor performance though, is unlikely to affect students’ chances of getting into a college because there are enough seats. Last year, 42,000 fell vacant after three admission rounds.
“If the performance is bad, then cut-offs in the sought-after colleges will fall,” said GT Thampi, principal of Thadomal Shahani College in Bandra. “However, the results won’t make a difference to students’ aspirations because there is enough capacity.”