My DD is taking the tiffins exam this year. We live in the designated area so is that any advantage while deciding the stage 1 test cut off marks for the people who live with in the designated area?
Firstly the cut-off does not take into account location at all. They typically offer around the top 500 of candidates from Round 1 to sit Round 2. If you are not in the designated area then you do not realistically have a chance of an offer which is why, amongst other reasons, less than 500 actually attend to sit Stage 2... this is nearer the 450 mark.
However, these numbers are not really very significant apart from the fact that Stage is 1 is obviously Pass or Fail; realistically you need to be in the high scorers of Stage 1 since the Stage 1 score is carried forwards to the final combined result and it is difficult to gain a place with a Stage 1 score just over the cut-off.