Pune: While the results of Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET) this time turned out to be even lower than last year, despite a relatively easy examination, it might not really affect the cut-offs of the engineering colleges. The CET results were declared on June 2.
The number of students having scored marks between 176 to 200 has dropped this year. While 297 students in PCM group scored in this range last year, this year, the number has come down to 257. Similarly, the number of students scoring in this range in PCMB group has come down from 320 to 277.
However, experts and college principals do not find this to be a drastic drop.
“I would say there is around 2 per cent drop, and not more than that, in the number of high scorers. So the difference in cut-offs too will be of just around 2 to 3 marks. It wouldn’t drop more than that. Hence, I would recommend students to look at last year’s cut-offs as a benchmark for this year’s admissions while making their choices,” Durgesh Mangeshkar of IIT Prashikshan Kendra said.
Anand Bhalerao, Principal, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University College of Engineering, said that the cut-offs of government engineering colleges wouldn’t be affected at all.
“At the best engineering colleges in the State, most of which happen to be government-run, the ratio of the number of students with good marks to the number of seats available is mostly disproportionate. Hence, there wouldn’t be any change in the cut-offs there. At the tier II colleges, however, I believe that the cut-offs will drop due to the fall in the results, but it wouldn’t be much, not more than 5 to 10 marks,” Bhalerao stated.
Pradeep Mane, Principal, AISSMS College of Engineering, said the number of students scoring above 100 marks hasn’t reduced drastically, and ups and downs keep happening. He added, “Some colleges in the State have this year shut down a few branches. However, one can’t say in advance whether or not this would affect the cut-offs in any way. That will be clear only after the admissions begin.”