Engineering aspirants could be facing tougher competition this year, as the cut-off mark for the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission (TNEA) is likely to increase considerably as many students have scored well in physics, chemistry and mathematics.
The Plus Two public examination result, that was announced on Friday, has turned to be a joyous occasion for many students who scored good marks in major subjects like physics, chemistry and mathematics.
This year, 3,882 students secured centum in mathematics, while 2,710 students secured centum in physics and 1,693 students got centum in chemistry. The number of students scoring centum in the main subjects has seen a sharp increase this year. In addition to this, the number of candidates securing an aggregate of 60 per cent and above has also increased from 4.62 lakh last year to 4.94 lakh this year.
“This year’s mathematics question paper was set in such a way that students did not have to give lengthy answers, so they had enough time to verify their answers. This has resulted in more students scoring centum. Even average students scored well in mathematics and the number of students scoring over 90 per cent is high this year,” said K Kamala Nehru, a mathematics teacher from Tirupur.
A physics teacher from the city P Dandapani said, “Usually many students miss centum because of one word questions where 18 out of 30 questions will be direct. But this time, 22 out of the 30 questions were direct, making it easy for students to get centum.”
In the TNEA-2014, to be held at Anna University in Chennai, marks scored by students in mathematics, physics and chemistry alone are being taken into consideration for ranking.
The selection of candidates will be based on the marks obtained in the prescribed subjects reduced to 200 in the qualifying examination, which is called cut-off mark.
Anna University has released last year’s minimum cut-off for various courses offered at different colleges on its website: www.annauniv.edu.
TNEA secretary V Rhymend Uthariaraj said, “Students can submit their TNEA application forms with the printout of the Plus Two examination results. Even students of other boards like CBSE, who are still awaiting their results, can submit their application without the marks. They can submit their marks separately using their TNEA registration number.”