Merit marks go higher this year for medical courses



Educationists say that the merit marks required to get admission in medical and paramedical courses this year might be higher as compared to last year. The merit marks might go up by 2%.

The reason is there are more students in the 90% and above bracket this year whereas last year. 61 students had scored 91% and above and had found place in A1 grade. This time, the A1 grade has 165 students. In A2 bracket (81% to 90%), last year there were 1,101 students but this time the number has gone up to 1,761.

Here, Medical and paramedical admission committee member-secretary Dr Jignesh Chauhan says-

  • Last year, in BJ Medical College the cut-off percentage for open category students was 91.33.
  • In self-financed colleges like Gujarat Adani Institute of Medical Sciences, the cut-off mark was 75.57 %.

This time the merit mark is likely to go up because of better performance.

Students aspiring for medicine may find rules getting tougher this year. . The state now has 2,780 medical seats; there are a total 9,000 seats for medical and paramedical courses. But the number of students in B group (biology students) who have passed this year is 37,738.

However, the scenario is entirely different for engineering aspirants.

There are more seats than the number of students who have cleared the exam A group (maths) this year. This year, 69,741 students have passed and of them 64,029 have got the requisite 45%. And, the available number of seats in old and new engineering colleges is close to 70,000.

This may be due to increasing number of engineering colleges.

Gujarat University vice-chancellor M N Patel said: “This time, some more engineering colleges are being added. That apart, several students will be drawn away by IITs and other institutes outside the state. This year too, we shall face a similar problem of more than 10,000 seats going vacant in engineering colleges.”



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