MHT-CET topper from Mumbai glad to escape NEET

While the medical topper wants to focus on MBBS as of now, the engineering topper is torn between Computer science and mechanical engineering

With a perfect score, two Mumbai-based boys have topped their way in the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET), results of which were declared on Wednesday.

Rishabh Rawat flanked by his friends (right) Chinmay celebrating his achievement
Rishabh Rawat flanked by his friends (right) Chinmay celebrating his achievement

While Rishabh Rawat was the topper among the medical aspirants scoring full marks, Chinmay Ghanekar topped the engineering section with a score of 199/200.

The Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) declared the CET results at around 12.35 am yesterday. The centralised merit list will be declared ten days later, but with such scores, Rishabh and Chinmay seem to be the obvious toppers in their respective branches.

“I cannot explain the relief that I am feeling because I do not have to worry about National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) anymore. I can hope for a seat in any good government college across state,” said 17-year-old Rishabh, adding that the NEET-CET dilemma was confusing for them. “Throughout the academic year, CET preparation had been my focus but with this sudden change, we were in a fix. With CET being restricted to only government colleges, the competition multiplies,” added Rishabh, who apart from preparing at home also went to a private coaching institute. He has already appeared for NEET phase 1, but “now I will see if I should appear for Phase II or not,” concluded Rishabh, who clocked a score of 92% in the HSC, results of which was declared last week.

While Rishabh hardly indulged in any extra-curricular activity, Chinmay played football to calm his nerves and listened to music to concentrate.

“I was short-listed for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) – Advanced, which determines admission to IITs. But my preparation has been CET-oriented and so I am not really keen on IIT,” expressed Chinmay, who is hoping for admission to Veermata Jeejabai Technology Institute or College of Engineering, Pune. He stands confused between Computer science and mechanical engineering.

Chinmay studied his favourite subjects Physics and Mathematics regularly, but prepared Chemistry and other HSC subjects at the last moment. He has scored 83.6% in HSC and has been toiling hard for the last two months to focus completely on preparation.

NEET vs CET
While for engineering, the CET will continue, but this is the last CET for medical admissions following the NEET mandate by the Supreme Court.

The SC mandated NEET for gaining admission to medical colleges across country. This had put many students preparing for state CET in a difficult position. The State government attempted to challenge the SC order but managed to get an ordinance passed by the Central government, which allowed the state to continue CET for admission to government colleges.

“NEET is welcomed as it brings uniformity and transparency in medical admissions. However, when children have been preparing for CET, last minute mandate of NEET for medical admission is unfair,” said Dr. Keyur Cholera of Mindsetters Coaching institute.

Medical

2,75,627: Appeared

16.98: Overall passing percentage

Engineering

2,62,133: Appeared

100: Overall passing percentage

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