Mumbai, June 29 -- After a steady rise over the last two years, the state witnessed a slight dip in the number of applications for undergraduate (UG) health science courses, including MBBS and BDS. Introduction of two new quotas and changes in the admission process may have contributed to the drop, said experts.

This year, 58,574 students registered for the centralised admission process (CAP) for 10 UG health science courses, compared to 59,757 aspirants last year. As many as 8.5% of the total number of students have applied under the socially and educationally backward classes (SEBC) category, while 4.2% belong to economically weaker sections (EWS). The document verification process for all candidates will begin on Saturday and continue...