"On the first day, 29.59 per cent of the candidates were absent last year. But only 25.95 per cent were absent this year. On the second day, it was 21.41 per cent last year and only 16.12 per cent this year", he said.
The number of students called for counselling last year was higher on both days at 713 and 2,462 for the first two days, while this year, only 570 and 2,202 candidates were called. Even in absolute figures there was a fall in the number of absentees in each of the two days indicating an increased preference for engineering this year, Dr. Uthariaraj said.
The number of first generation graduate candidates who are eligible for the tuition fee waiver announced by the State government stood at 635 out of a total of 2,270 who were issued allotment letters in the first two days, Dr. Uthariaraj added.
A total of 646 candidates chose Electronics and Communications Engineering, 418 chose Computer Science and Engineering, 361 chose Mechanical Engineering, 233 chose Information Technology, and 216 chose Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Academic Counselling granted 1st Tamil Medium B.E. Seats