CBSE v State board students
From 2006 to last year, i.e 2016, the medical admissions and engineering admissions in Tamil Nadu have followed a set pattern. Admissions in state govt institutions – both medical and engineering colleges are dominated by the state board students. Admissions in central govt institutions (IIT and in All India quota of medical colleges), CBSE students used to dominate.
The reasons are obvious. Admission to state govt institutions are based on 12th board marks, whereas admission for the central govt institutions are based on entrance tests. State board students mostly focused on performing well in the 12th final exams to get the maximum marks.
TN CBSE 12th board students do well understand that their chances are much higher and better in Central Govt Institutions, than in the state govt institutions. So, for Engineering they focus on JEE and other All India exams and for Medical they focus on AIPMT/NEET. Among the medical aspirants the competition is intense for the 15% All India quota (AIQ) in the state govt medical colleges.
Seat Availability in Medical Admissions
This 15% AIQ seats is filled by the centralised counseling . TN Govt Medical Colleges (except for the top one or two medical colleges) are among the least preferred colleges by the other state students during All India counseling. Medical aspirants among South India states only will prefer TN and we can safely say the majority of the AIQ seats is taken by the TN students, and that too by the TN CBSE board students.
So, the 400 (397 to be precise) seats available as AIQ seats is the safe bet for the medical aspirants from the CBSE board. Deducting the surrendered seats from this AIQ and accounting for few other state students, we can conservatively estimate about 300 students getting admitted every year from TN CBSE board in the TN govt medical colleges.
|No of seats available through AIQ||400|
|No of seats available through state quota||2250|
For each student admitted, there will be atleast 2 to 3 students who would have lost the seat narrowly. In other words, for about 300 students who are admitted, there will be atleast 6oo to 900 students who would be just marginally lower in the rank. Every year, because of lack of other options these students (students who have lost the seats marginally) might have joined other courses.
But this year (2017) , because of NEET being the qualifying exam for even the state quota, (the remaining 85% of seats other than AIQ) some of the students who could not get admissions last year (2016) are waiting to take the NEET exams again this year. On a conservative estimate we can put this number as around 400. Add this to the current year sure shot prospects of 400 students and another 400 students as wait listed candidates, we have around 1200 students from TN state CBSE board who have high chances of qualifying in NEET.
Of this 1200 students , the top 400 students will go through AIQ for their admission and the remaining 800 students have the option to go through the state quota. So for roughly about 30% of the seats, already well prepared and studied CBSE board students have an edge over that of the state board students.
|Likely Performance by CBSE Students in NEET 2017|
|Repeat TN CBSE board students who are likely to qualify||400|
|Current year CBSE board students who are likely to qualify||800|
|Total TN CBSE board students who are likely to qualify||1200|
|TN CBSE board students who are likely to get seats in AIQ quota||350|
|TN CBSE board students who are likely to get seats in state quota||850|
|Remaining Seats available in state quota||1400|
So effectively, in the state quota seats, about 850 seats will be predominantly taken by the state CBSE students. These are direct loss to the state board students. The remaining 1400 odd seats also will have competition from CBSE students for the state board students.
This has nothing to do with the ability of state board students vs CBSE students. The advantage of CBSE students over state board students is because of the better awareness and the early preparation. For NEET 2016, the serious CBSE students would have started the preparation from 2014 itself and for NEET 2017, from 2015 onward itself.But the same thing cannot be said of state board students. This lack of preparation coupled with the difference in syllabus, learning and teaching methodology has put the state board students at a distinct disadvantage over CBSE students.
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