MAH-CET: Students claim they got fewer marks because of percentile system

Students who are protesting today on the issue, claim they got fewer marks because of the equi-percentile system and want the authorities to change their marks

Frustrated with the equi-percentile system introduced by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), some students who say they got few marks because of it in the MAH-CET 2015 exam, will protest today at 11 am at Azad Maidan on the issue.

“The percentile system introduced by the directorate makes no sense because it is cutting down our marks, and at the same time our chances to get through to a good institute of our choice,” said Sagar Mahindra, one of the candidates.

He had expected to score above 150 in his test out of 200 marks, but was shocked to score only 111 marks. mid-day had reported on the problems students faced in the online exam (MAH-CET students fume over slow servers, poor software, March 16) After hundreds of complaints, the DTE had assured students that their marks will be calculated as per the percentile system, so that students from all four slots (batches) of examinations will get equal marks.

This, however, has not gone down well with most students and they have highlighted how their final score has been affected due to the percentile system.

“There is a vast difference in percentile for students in different slots, even though our scores are the same. I got 149/200 and landed up at 88.32 percentile in slot one while in slot four, a candidate who scored 149/200 has got 99.84 percentile! This is absolutely unfair and uncalled for,” said Ankita Bhargawa, another candidate.

Some students have decided to protest at Azad Maidan, some have also visited lawyers on Friday. “If by Tuesday the authorities do not make changes to our marks, we will file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in court,” said a student.

Repeated attempts to get in touch with officials at DTE were in vain.

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