It seems like the students of GSHSEB (Gujarat Secondary and Higher Education Board) can also apply for these courses. But, do they have to compete with the students of other examination boards for all seats in engineering and pharmacy colleges?
A member secretary of the ACPC Dr. MN Patel said that "Under the new system a common merit list will be prepared for students of all education boards, including GSHSEB. Here, the Admissions will be given on the basis of the applicant's percentile rank in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry in Class 12 board examination as well as the Common Entrance Test."
"For Engineering courses, board exam marks will have 60% weightage while the entrance exam (JEE) will have 40% weightage", he added.
He further explained that, Till now, students of other boards were given admissions only against a limited number of seats that was made available for them. But, under this new system, if a student of Gujarat board has 99% and a students of another board has 99.1%, then in such case student with better percentage/result will be given the priority for gaining admissions.
Dr. Patel said "The number of seats to be made available for students of other boards was determined by a proportion calculation. For instance, if 65000 students have passed the GSHSEB class 12 exam and 5000 of other board exams, then a certain percentage, say about 7.69% of seats would be made available to students of other boards".
A Very few students from other boards applied for admission to degree engineering and pharmacy courses in Gujarat. It is expected that the new system will generate more applications from students of other boards.