This year, no toppers will be announced when the Common Entrance Test (CET) results are declared on June 14.
The CET is the entry criteria for medical and engineering colleges in the state.
This year, before the Class 12 HSC results were declared in the first week of June, the government’s school department took a decision not to have a merit list to reduce competition among students.
While the school board announced HSC subject toppers, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), which organises the CET, will not make information on students’ scores public.
“It is a state directive and students will have to log on to the website and type in their details to get their scores, which will be used for admissions,” said W.B Tayade, head of DMER.
More than 2.85 lakh students appeared for the test this year. Students compete for 4400 seats in medical colleges and about 80,000 engineering seats.
Educationists agree that the system of announcing toppers should be discontinued.
“It's in line with the decision taken by the state for Classes 10 and 12. The aim of this decision was to avoid frustration among students.
For instance, the student who comes second may get frustrated thinking why couldn’t he score a little more,” said Snehalata Deshmukh, former vice chancellor of Mumbai University.
But there are downsides to the new policy.
“Toppers might feel why he/she is being deprived. Also, coaching classes, colleges or the media play it up and the purpose is defeated. This is the first year and we have to take opinion of parents and students to see if this is actually working positively or not.”
Students and parents have responded well to the decision. “Declaring toppers is irrelevant and has nothing to do with admissions anyway,” said Narendra Yadav, a Class 12 student waiting for his result.
“But the 15 minutes of fame can be quite a high,” he added.