MUMBAI: When the Common Entrance Test results were announced on Monday evening, management aspirants who took the exam in February to join B-schools in the state, were shocked by the huge slide in performance level. Less than 5% of the total number of examinees have scored 100 or above-they are marked on a total 200-and only 28 could cross the magic mark of 150, with the highest score being 158.
Two years ago in 2010, close to 600 students secured more than 150 out of 200, a score that takes them closer to their dream of joining a top B-school. That year, MAH-MBA CET highest score was 179, while last year, it was 172.
This year, two youths, one from the city and another from Uttar Pradesh, have jointly topped the written exam. With the 100th ranker scoring 132, the admission season ahead is likely to be a complex affair as colleges will be compelled to bring down cut-off marks. "The scores have indeed dipped. On an average, scores are down by 10 to 15 marks this year," said S K Mahajan, head of the Directorate of Technical Education. Of the 82,764 students who took the exam, 79,410 have qualified; the remaining 3,354 will not be able to move to the next level of group discussion (GD) and personal interview (PI) as they could not score at least 30. In 2011, there were fewer low scorers, with about 2,800 candidates failing to make it to GD/PI.
The results did not see any change in the gender ratio among the the management aspirants. Women comprised about 33.33% of the total number of examinees and a proportionate number, 28,649, have qualified.
GDs and PIs will be held between May 10 and 31, for a total of 34 marks; six marks have been set aside for those with work experience. This year, 65% of the admissions to state's B-schools will be based on the state's CET score and students who will be admitted under the all-India quota and the management quota, will be admitted, based on other pan-India exams like CMAT, MAT, XAT. Maharashtra has 408 B-schools with a total student intake capacity of 42,165.