Andhra Pradesh is reported to provide admission to the candidates scoring zero in EAMCET (Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test). Interestingly, 22 of 78 SC (Scheduled Caste) and ST (Scheduled Tribe) candidates securing zero marks in the entrance exam will be given admission to agriculture and engineering courses this year.
As per the sources from education department, though these candidates have scored zero marks in EAMCET, but have cleared the exam as they secured a minimum of 40% marks in their class XII board exams.
Of these, 9 candidates will be getting admission to engineering colleges and 13 students can enroll for other courses except MBBS. Students could even secure admission to MBBS course despite of scoring zero in the entrance exam till 2008 when MCI (Medical Council of India) made strict norms.
The tribal/Dalit students qualifying the exam despite of scoring zero in the medical field in EAMCET can seek admission to horticulture, agriculture and veterinary courses.
The EAMCET is conducted by JNTU (Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University) every year for providing admission to medical, engineering, dental and agriculture courses in both government and private colleges in Andhra Pradesh. The EAMCET Results of 2012 were declared last week.
A total of 90,917 candidates appeared for medical stream exam in EAMCET of which 83,686 were successful.
A total of 4950 seats are available in 37 medical colleges and 1870 seats in 21 dental colleges for general category students.
The state owes maximum number of engineering colleges (671) in India.
A total of 283,477 candidates appeared for engineering entrance exam of which 223,886 have passed it. However this figure declined down to 200,000 as many candidates failed to qualify class XII exam.
This indicates that more than 100,000 engineering seats will still be left vacant this academic year. Andhra Pradesh has a total of 321,000 engineering seats.
The number of vacant seats may rise further as the top rankers will prefer Indian Institute of Technology.
Till 2010, even students scoring zero marks in EAMCET could secure admission to engineering college.
In 2011, AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) declared a cut-off of 50% in class XII for general category students and 40% for reserved category students.
The qualifying marks for general category students in EAMCET are 25% of the total 160 marks.
However, Governor and chancellor of all universities of the state has expressed concern over this and stated that the university should set some minimum qualifying marks for reserved category students to secure admission in engineering and agriculture courses.
In 2011, 26 students of the total 73 who score zero in EAMCET qualified the exam.
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