The performance of management aspirants who took the common entrance test (MBA-CET) in February fell drastically compared to last year. The results were declared on Monday evening.
Last year, almost 600 students scored more than 150 out of 200 and this year merely 13 candidates crossed the 150 mark. “The paper was tougher than last year, but since it is a test based on relativity, the cut offs also will be lower this year,” said an official at the state’s Directorate of Technical Education, which conducts the exam.
Of the 92,166 students who registered for the exam, 89,620 appeared for it. A majority of students — 68,040 — are males. There are 366 institutes in the state that offer management courses and their total intake is 34,995. Of these, more than 5,000 seats were vacant last year despite the state admitting students who had not taken the entrance test to fill seats.
A further break up shows that 76 candidates scored more than 140, 285 crossed 130 while 907 got more than 120. The largest chunk of candidates — 43,736 — has scored between 50 and 100. “About 2,800 students have been declared unqualified as they have scored less than 30,” added the official.
The remaining will now participate in a group discussion and personal interview before the final scores are declared.