Pune: The number of students scoring more than 75 per cent marks has significantly increased this year which will lead to a higher cut-off list for science undergraduate courses admission. The increased number of eligible students and delay in conducting the entrance examinations for professional courses may lead to stiff competition for first-year degree course admissions in science colleges.
About 14.13 lakh students had appeared for the Maharashtra State Secondary and Higher Secondary Examination Board (HSC) examination this year. Out of the total number of students in the Science stream, 96.93 per cent have cleared the examination. Similarly, from Commerce stream, 91.27 per cent of students have passed the examination. The lowest pass percentage was from the Arts stream at 82.63 per cent.
The overall passing percentage of Pune division has improved by 5.11 per cent this year (92.50 per cent) as compared to the last year (87.39 per cent). Not only this, but the number of students scoring above 90 per cent has also almost doubled in the Pune division. Last year only 575 students managed to score above 90 per cent, but this year 973 students have achieved this feat.
Students who have secured distinction or first class in the class 12 exams usually appear for entrance examinations like Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for engineering and medical courses. If they get admission to the medical and engineering courses, then these students drop out of previously taken undergraduate courses.
For the last two years, cut-off marks required for admission to undergraduate courses were not much high. But this year, the results of class 12 examinations for Science, Arts, Commerce have been better with the overall passing percentage and also the number of students scoring more than 75 per cent of marks has increased. With uncertainty looming large over the entrance exams of engineering and medical courses, all students will tend to secure admission for the undergraduate courses leading to higher cut-off this year.