With the Bombay high court (HC) resolving the dispute over a question in the biology paper, the ranking of the applicants of the Maharashtra state medical common entrance test (MH-CET 2015) will be declared on Monday, two days behind the schedule.
The ranking, which is based on several parameters including the CET and HSC score, will decide the college in which the applicant gets a seat.
The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) announced the MH-CET results on June 5. Of the 1.89 lakh candidates who took the test, 39,328 have qualified for admission to the 7,000 seats in the state.
However, a few students approached the HC over a question from the biology paper. The HC then appointed an expert panel under Dr TP Lahane, dean of Grant Medical College, to find the right answer to a multiple choice question -- What are plasma cells derived from? The panel said the right answer -- B-lymphocyte cells – was not among the four options provided. It also held that two options were close to the correct answer and hence one mark should be given to those who have opted for either of them. On Friday, the DMER agreed to accept the recommendations of the panel.
Pravin Shingare, director, DMER, said students can download their mark sheets on Monday. “We received the court order on Friday. We will give out the final merit list on Monday,” said Shingare.
The court decision might lead to a top ranker scoring full marks, a first in the history of MH-CET.
According to the provisional result, Harshitha Harish Shetty, a student from Fergusson College, Pune, is the lone top scorer from the state, with a score of 199 out of 200. She scored full marks in physics and chemistry, while in biology, Shetty scored 99 out of 100. According to Shetty, with this decision, she will be able to score full marks in biology. “I had marked option C as my answer which was earlier declared the right answer. However, later the DMER said option B was the right answer. With the court decision, my answer will get one mark,” she said.
Shingare said, “I have not come across anyone scoring full marks in the test so far. If Shetty has marked the correct option, she might be the first candidate to score 200 in MH-CET.”