This year entry into top medical and engineering colleges will be tougher in compared to last year because this year more students have secured 100 per cent in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Tamil Nadu plus 2 exams, 2011.
This would raise the cut-off marks by 1.5 to 2.The number of students securing centum (200/200) in Physics, Chemistry and Biology has increased from 14 in 2010 to 65 in 2011. Students scoring cut-off marks above 199.75 have also shot up from 41 to 136.
Last year if a student had joined a top medical college with 195 as cut-off marks last year he would need 197 to join now. The situation is similar in the engineering stream also where the cut-off may go up by 2 to 3 marks. But if the AICTE allots more seats to top 30 engineering colleges then the cut-off might remain the same.