Implementation of new common merit list helps CBSE students

July 3, 2013, 12:00 am


CBSE toppers’ share in merit list doubles, thanks to the new system.

Implementation of the new common merit list for admission to degree engineering colleges across Gujarat has proved beneficial for students belonging to the Central Board of Secondary Education.

According to the new system, the state education department would prepare a merit list based on marks obtained in the board as well as in the JEE exams.

Though the rule change might have worked in favour of CBSE students, it has resulted in a tough competition for Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) students, who used to dominate the merit list earlier.

However, it would also help students from boards like International Baccalaureate (IB), National Institute of Open School (NIOS), GSEB and Indian School Certificate (ISC) to figure in the top list.

The latest merit list, prepared by the Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC), is a testimony to the changing trend. Only 5,000 out of 67,819 students registered for admission to degree engineering courses could make it to the list. Of this, 506 CBSE students have made it to the top list — more than 10 per cent share.

Last year, when admission was given on a pro-rata basis, only five per cent students could make it to the list of 5,000. This year, however, the number has literally doubled.

For ACPC, according to officials, as many as 65,676 students were from GSHSEB and 3,841 from CBSE. The rest came from boards like ISC (407), NIOS (17) and IB (8).

“The participation of CBSE students has increased as their JEE score is quite good. Though their participation in the top 5,000 students has doubled, not every student would take admission in degree engineering colleges of Gujarat.

High scores would mean admission to institutes like IIT and NIT,” said ACPC member-secretary MN Patel.