On studying the statistics of the past years, it was found that boys have been outperforming girls in medical entrances, specifically in the top segment. According to the merit list of CET – that was once dominated by female candidates – has more boys in the top 100 positions despite the fact that over 50% of the exam-takers are girls.
The number of girls in the top 100 performers has gone down. In 2016, there were as few as 37 girls in the top 100 performers while this number was 49 in 2008. Data from the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has reported that boys have been performing better than girls in medical entrances as well. There were 63 boys in the top 100 rankers of CET Maharashtra.
The number of girls among the top 100 performers is reducing, however, the overall performance of girls is better than boys. If the top 10,000 ranks are considered, girls perform better than boys in CET but the list of highest scorers is dominated by boys, said Director of DMER, Dr. Pravin Shingare.
The statistics are more or less similar for other entrance exams as well. Boys perform better than girls in engineering entrance exams. It has been observed that 95% of the students in the top 100 list of IIT entrance exams are boys. In 2016, there were no girls in the top 100 list of Joint Entrance Exam (JEE). However, girls outperform boys in HSC exams.
Dr. Keyur Cholera, CET Trainer, said that 70% of his students are girls and that the overall performance of boys and girls is almost the same. He also added that boys excel in the top ranks as they have relatively better cognitive skills than girls.
Dr. Rekha Daver, Head of Gynecology department, JJ Hospital, said that performance in CET doesn’t matter much as the exam only tests a candidate’s theoretical knowledge. Passing out as a good doctor depends on the amount of hard work a student puts in more practical knowledge. She also added that girls perform equally well in college examinations and practical tests.
Dr. Avinash Supe, Dean, KEM Hospital, said that when he joined his MBBS class, 70% of the students in the class were boys but the ratio changed to 50:50 over the years. He also added that women do better in undergraduate studies but there are very few woman representatives at some of the tertiary healthcare branches. Very few women opt for surgery and orthopedic for post-graduation. Most of them are interested in studying ophthalmology, gynecology, and pediatrics.