The merit list display of the TN medical admissions scheduled on July 14 and the subsequent counseling planned on July 17, Monday is as of now suspended. The stay was pronounced by the Chennai High Court, hearing petitions from the CBSE students on the TN government’s GO with respect to the seat allotment for state board students and CBSE board students. The GO envisaged 85% quota for the state board students and 15% quota for the CBSE students in the state quota (85% of the total govt seats) of the TN govt medical colleges. 15% of the govt medical seats is already earmarked for the All India Quota also known as AIQ 15% quota.
While the CBSE students oppose the GO, state govt defends it saying that state board students need protection because of the syllabus variants. The verdict is expected on Friday and in all likelihood challenged further irrespective of which side it favours.
The stakes are high for both CBSE students and the State board students. If the court approves the TN govt’s stand, needless to say, it benefits the state board students enormously as students with relatively low NEET marks are also expected to get seats in the govt colleges. For CBSE students, the GO is a shocker to say the least. In the last four to five years when the TN medical admissions were based on 12th marks they were not even able to a single seat in Govt medical colleges. Now when they thought they had a decent chance to get seats, the Government Order came as a dampener. From a window of about 2500 seats the total no of seats is reduced to about 500 and a group of students who could have got seats has to leave empty handed.
As per the data available in the public domain, around 186 students from TN has crossed 500+ and around 565 students has scored between 400 to 500. We don’t have the breakup of state vs CBSE boards in this data. But if the 15% restriction to CBSE students are applied, CBSE students who had a chance of getting a seat earlier, especially students who are in the range of 400 to 500 now may not get.any seat at all.With about 186 students who are above 500+, someone with 580+ marks (40+ state rank ) but studied in CBSE board may not get MMC, the top ranked college in TN.
For atleast about 200 to 300 CBSE students this change will be brutal – from getting an assured seat in a college to not getting a seat at all. The only crime they have done is to study in the CBSE board.
With respect to state board students, their complaints are different. They were constantly misguided by the politicians that NEET will not be there and thus they could not decide whether to focus on board exams or NEET exams. Most of the schools have not focused on eleventh standard portions also which added to the problem. (XI portions constitute 50% of the NEET exam syllabus). Irrespective of all this, the irony is, the TN state topper in NEET is a state board student.