Cut-off marks —
a guide to trends in entry
STUDENTS INTERESTED in learning
animation and gaming now have a new choice.
AT LEAST one lakh families in the State have one big concern
this season. These families have at least one teenager aspiring
to enter engineering education. But they seek a guide to know
where they stand in the competition.
A reasonably sound method for knowing whether one will
get into a college or branch of his/her choice is to look at the
cut-off scores for the previous year in each college.
For example, a student with a score of 270 out of 300 will certainly
be wondering he will get a seat in Anna University. If so, in
Another student who has got 255/300 ponders about his choices.
"Will I get into a tier-I college?" It is here that
last year's admission pattern helps.
But then, ``we need to factor in two or three things —
this year's upgraded syllabus content, the degree of difficulty
in the TNPCEE and the delay in announcing the modalities of admission,''
says the principal of a school in Mylapore, Chennai.
This would account for small changes each year.
This year, the downswing in students' performance in the TNPCEE
is likely to bring down the cut- off scores for each college and
branch, says career analyst Jayaprakash Gandhi.
Mr. Gandhi has come up with the likely scenario of cut-off scores
for the highly rated colleges for the current year.
He says: "We may have more seats this year in the
government pool as the colleges have been asked to surrender a
larger chunk of seats that the last. So the minimum scores in
each branch in top rated private colleges will change and dip
by a score of 3.0 points or more."
The matrix in the College of Engineering-Guindy (CEG) has changed,
as all the IT branch seats and 60 seats under the ECE branch are
converted to the self-supporting (higher fees) stream.
It means, poorer students with merit who are looking for an aided
course, will have lesser choice.
They may choose government college or a core branch in CEG itself.
The accompanying table presents a likely scenario for this year
with the cut-off for 2005.
Legend for abbreviations: CEG - College of Engineering Guindy,
MIT - Madras Institute of Technology; GCT - Government College
of Technology, Coimbatore; Thyagaraja - Thyagaraja Engineering
The Hindu - Education Plus
- Monday, June 12, 2006