According to the sources from Education department, though these candidates have scored 0 marks in EAMCET, but have cleared the exam as they secured a minimum of 40% marks in Class 12 board Exam. Among them, 9 candidates will be getting admission into Engineering colleges and 13 candidates can enroll for other courses except MBBS. Students could even secure admission to MBBS course despite of zero scores in Entrance exam till 2008 when MCI (Medical Council of India) made strict norms.
The Tribal/Dalit students qualifying the exam despite of scoring zero in the medical field in EAMCET can seek admission to Horticulture, Agriculture and Veterinary courses. According to the records, more than 100,000 Engineering seats will be left vacant this year. But Andhra Pradesh has a total of 321000 Engineering seats.
However, the number of vacant seats may raise further as the top ranked candidates will prefer IIT's (Indian Institute of Technology). Till 2010, candidates scoring zero marks in EAMCET could secure admission to an Engineering College, but in 2011 AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) declared a cut-off of 50% in class 12 for general category students.
Out of 160 marks as Total the qualifying marks for general category students in EAMCET is 25%. In 2011, 26 students out of 73 who scored zero in EAMCET were qualified in Exam.
It is the Governor and Chancellor of all Universities of the State who have expressed concern over this and stated that the University should set more minimum qualifying marks for reserved category students in order to secure admission in Engineering and Agriculture courses.