Meritorious schools: With eligibility criteria changed, more students clear exam
4,777 students clear exam for 4,680 seats; last year 954 seats were not takenUpdated: Jun 02, 2018 19:10 IST
The decision of Punjab government to change the eligibility criteria for registration in meritorious schools has given positive outcome as 4,777 students have cleared the entrance examination for 4,680 seats in the ten meritorious schools across the state.
In 2017, 954 seats were left vacant in nine Meritorious schools, following which the minimum marks for registration where lowered from 80% to 55% for general category and 50% for SC/ST category.
However, only 46% students, of the total who appeared for the examination, have managed to clear the test. As many as 5,527 students, out of 10,304, have failed to clear the examination.
The students needed 33% in each of the three section — English (30 marks), mathematics (35 marks) and science (35 marks) — and 50% aggregate in the 100-mark written examination, held on May 20, to clear it.
Officials of education department said the question paper was easy and that’s why more students have cleared the test.
Counselling process on June 14
The counselling for admission process will begin on June 14. In Ludhiana, it will be held at Government Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students, near Rose Garden.
When contacted, Punjab director general school education Prashant Kumar Goyal, said, “This time, more number of students have cleared the exam against the number of seats and we are hopeful that all seats will be filled during the counselling.”
He added that around 200 teachers from across the state have shown interest for a three year deputation in these schools. “This will help to overcome the shortage of teachers in the ten schools,” Goyal said.
4,777 students clear exam for 4,680 seats; last year 954 seats were not taken