In yet another example highlighting state authorities’ incompetence regarding the web, lakhs of Std XII students across the state couldn’t view their online scores in the Engineering-Pharmacy Common Entrance Test (MT-CET) that were supposed to be released yesterday morning after the website crashed following over 2 lakh hits.
The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) of Maharashtra uploaded the MT-CET result on its website at midnight on Tuesday. The official timing of the online results was 11 am yesterday. However, after getting around 2 lakh hits in the morning, the DTE server crashed and the situation remained unchanged till five in the evening.
Pranav Manke, a student, said, “I first tried to open the DTE website at 11 am and tried many times after that as well. The website just doesn’t open. Its really frustrating.”
Interestingly, the website was accessible overseas. Those having their friends and relatives abroad came to know of their results from them.
Aakash Kohli, a Std XII student of MMCC College, who scored 160 marks, got his result from his classmate Salil Bhagwat, who is currently in the United Kingdom (UK).
“I got a call from Salil asking about my CET score. I was surprised how he accessed the website when its not operating. But he told that the DTE site was operational in the UK and that’s how he told me my result,” shared a happy Aakash.
On the other hand, DTE officials were clueless regarding the exact reason behind the crash.
When contacted, the system manager of DTE, N B Patil, who was in Mumbai, said, “The problem in the website did not occur due to a server crash. We are still finding the exact cause. Meanwhile, we have attached a dedicated server and the website restarted around 4.45 pm.”
When asked how the site was accessible abroad, he said, “There are various zones. If the DNS connectivity of the website is good, the site is accessible.
On the other hand, due to heavy traffic in the morning, some problem occurred in a couple of servers and the website became inaccessible. We had set six servers.”
When questioned about lack of alternate options, he said, “This is not the first time we have declared CET results. The exact technical reason behind today’s situation is still unknown.”
Fall in numbers
According to experts, there is an acute decrease in students clearing the MT-CET this year. It is mainly due to revised syllabus of Std XII.
“In today’s CET result, students having scores above 180 have drastically decreased as compared to last year. In my class, the topper has scored 187 marks this year,” said Durgesh Mangeshkar, Managing Director of IITians Prashikshan Kendra.
Across the state, a total of 2,80,585 students appeared for MT-CET held on May 16. Out of them, a total of 31 students scored 190 or above. 232 students scored between 170 to 189 in the state and 1,292 students scored between 160 and 179.
From the city, a total of 56,005 students appeared for MT-CET and a total of 5,732 students scored above 100.
Anuja Golecha, of P Jog Junior College in city, has topped MT-CET in Pune division by scoring 192 marks in the exam. “I am extremely happy. The score will definitely fulfil my dream of securing admission in College of Engineering Pune (CoEP). I want to pursue engineering in computer science branch,” said Golecha. She was studying at Devdhar Classes for CET preparations.
Here is good news for over 16 lakh students waiting for Std X results across the state. The online result will be declared on Friday, tomorrow.
Students can access their online result after 1 pm on http://mahresult.nic.in, msbshse.ac.in, mh-ssc.ac.in, sscresult.mkcl.org or rediff.com/exams.
“Compared to last year, we are declaring SSC results earlier by almost a week. So it will definitely help junior colleges to complete Std XI admissions in time,” said Sarjerao Jadhav, Chairperson of MSBSHSE.