To fill the vacant seats in engineering colleges in Maharashtra, DTE has relaxed the norms for the admissions to the engineering courses.
Candidates who have scored zero marks in JEE Main 2014 entrance examination, will be eligible to get admission to engineering courses in colleges of Maharashtra.
Candidates must have secured 50% (45% for reserved category) marks in PCM subjects in their class 12th board examination.
Around 2.45 lakh candidates had appeared for JEE Main 2014 from Maharashtra for 1.5 lakh engineering seats available for admission.
DTE expects a large number of seats to remain vacant at the end of the admission season, considering their past record.
More than 40,000 seats were left vacant in 2013-14.
This year, for the first time, the state will give equal weightage to class 12th and JEE Main 2014 scores.
"The merit list will be based on 50% weightage to both JEE (Main) and board exam (PCM subjects) marks," technical education director Subhash Mahajan said.
"Till last year, the eligibility criteria were 45% aggregate for open category and 40% for SC/ST in Std XII board exams. That has been changed to 50% PCM aggregate," said Mahajan.
"A government resolution was issued on October 31, 2012, that clarified everything. It also made it clear that marks of JEE Advanced would not be taken into consideration. For students hailing from other boards (CBSE, ICSE), their score will be converted into percentile as per norms of Indian Statistical Institute," Mahajan said.
Meanwhile, autonomous colleges will give admission to their courses through JEE Main 2014 scores.