All applicants of the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission - 2013 (TNEA) were on Wednesday assigned random numbers to facilitate a hassle-free rank generation process for admission counselling to engineering colleges in the State. Students can access the numbers through the TNEA website.
The numbers will be used for the preparation of an inter-se merit list, when more than one candidate gets the same mark. In such a case, the tie would be resolved in the order of priority as follows: marks percentage in mathematics, marks in physics, that in fourth optional subject, date of birth (elder candidates will be given preference) and random number assigned (the higher value will get preference).
The process of assigning random numbers was inaugurated at Anna University and was attended by Minister for Higher Education P N Palaniappan, Vice Chancellor of Anna University Dr M Rajaram, TNEA secretary Rhymend Uthariaraj and other officials.
Uthariaraj told Express that cases of resolving ties was low, stating that there were only 16 such cases out of the 1.5 lakh-odd candidates taking part in last year’s counselling. “The method has not encountered any hiccups; such candidates have usually gone satisfied. This year, we are expecting around 20 such instances,” he said. The rank list will be out on June 12 and counselling will begin on June 18.
TNEA-2013 has received a total of 1,89,397 applications, including those for academic and vocational courses, for this year’s counselling. Organisers expect this number to fall by a bit after the applications are scrutinised. “Usually, candidates file duplicate forms, which would be detected and rejected,” said officials.