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CBSE and ICSE students object DTE’s composite score formula


The composite score formula announced by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE ) about 10 days ago has been the topic of a heated controversy with many CBSE and ICSE board candidates. The students have accused the DTE for giving undue advantage to the state board candidates and have termed the formula as ‘discriminatory’.

Several engineering students have thus raised objections over the provisional merit list issued by the DTE for admission in the first year engineering courses in Maharashtra, based on the formula.

The candidates have alleged that although they have scored more in their class 12 exams as compared to their HSC counterparts, but they have been ranked much lower in the merit list. It is worth noting that the DTE has prepared the merit list based on the JEE (Main) score and the marks of class 12(physics, chemistry and mathematics), giving equal weightage to both. However, instead of the marks, percentiles of both the scores (which determines the relative position of the candidate in the given board), has been taken into consideration while making the calculations. This ultimately results in a difference of 10 to 20 per cent in the percentiles, in spite of a similar score in class 12.

The candidates have now approached the DTE to come up with viable solution to the issue at the earliest. They have requested to make amends in the provisional merit list declared on July 05 and accordingly revise the final merit list. SK Mahajan, director of DTE confirmed that they have received some complaints regarding the composite formula, but they are unable to share the exact number at this point. The formula was taken from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, with due approval from the state.

On being asked to address the issue, Mahajan said “I can’t comment on this at this point of time”. We are still receiving grievances. We will discuss the matter only tomorrow”.