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EAMCET: Increasing demand for MBBS despite fewer seats. While the aspirants for engineering are comparatively low as per the statistics of...

Vijayawada: While the aspirants for engineering are comparatively low as per the statistics of Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) examination over the years.

The number of candidates applying for medicine is on the rise.

The EAMCET 2014 examination is going to be held on May 22.

There are over 35 engineering colleges in and around the region which offer graduation in technology for several disciplines. It may be noted that a few colleges have cancelled their first year admissions due to failure of not allotting at least a seat through convener quota in previous years.

On the other hand, the Medical Council of India (MCI) is contemplating a provision of an additional 50 seats to the existing 100 to Siddhartha Medical College under the Dr NTR University of Health Sciences.

In 2011, around 24,521 students have applied for the engineering stream for the entrance test. During the same year only 8, 229 candidates opted for medicine.

In 2012 about 24,564 candidates have appeared for engineering stream while 12,464 have appeared for medicine. There are 23,748 candidates who were aspiring to become engineers in the year 2013 while 14,100 had an interest towards medicine. In the examination that would be held on Thursday, 22,040 would be appearing for engineering and about 14,819 candidates would appear for medicine entrance.

In engineering stream, there is a possibility of seats being vacant this year that too in large numbers. With less number of engineering candidates and more colleges with open seats, while the cream of the crop would have a wider choice, the slow learners also stand a chance. The feeble strength of these candidates has put the future and survival of these engineering colleges at risk.

Most of the students who appear for the entrance exam belong to Telangana and Rayalaseema regions and might not opt for a seat in the colleges here. There will be a slump in number of takers for computers and electronic branches as educationalists predict there will be no future for those aspirants. Thus, the options would be open for all candidates who appear for the engineering stream and choosing a right college is what matters.

D Arul Sekhar, an aspirant said that he is confident of securing a good rank but as there is no demand, it would affect his placement options.

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