The third phase of Eamcet for admission in MBBS and BDS courses in Telangana recorded poor attendance as only 66.25% of total no of candidates issued hall tickets appeared for the exam on Sunday.
Due to the paper leak fiasco of Eamcet-II, the Telangana government had to hold third phase of the exam. The medical entrance test was smoothly conducted at 96 test centres across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in which out of 56,153 candidates issued hall tickets, 37,199 candidates appeared for the exam and 18,954 were absent for the test. According to the official figures released by the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, highest turnout was recorded in Hyderabad (division C) at 77.03% (6,939) and lowest was recorded in Tirupati at 48.80% (1,751).
There were total 160 multiple choice questions in the paper. While the preliminary key was declared by the universityon Sunday evening, students can register their objections on the key to the university by September 14.
Lower turnout in the examination has been attributed to many students seeking admissions in Andhra Pradesh or through NEET scores. “Students who may have scored well in AP Eamcet or NEET may have sought admissions in respective medical colleges as many did not want to risk it yet again. However, those who were confident of getting top ranks in Telangana Eamcet appeared for the exam,” said N Yadaiah, convenor of Eamcet-III.
Interestingly, the lower turnout will also reduce the competition for medical and BDS seats in Telangana. While there has been in increase in the number of seats with number of seats increased from the existing 1,900 seats to 2,350 in private medical colleges this year, those vying for the seats may be lower.
According to officials, results of the Eamcet-III will be released within a week. Subsequently, the web counselling schedule will also be issued by the university.