No surprises on Day 1 of exam

on maiden day: Students appear for the Common Entrance Test conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority at the Seshadripuram College in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Of the 1.16 lakh enrolled students, about 76.44 pc attended the Biology paper, while 96.96 pc attended Mathematics. The CET is one of the largest entrance examinations to be held in the State, and decides admissions to engineering, medical, dental, and Indian systems of medicine and homeopathy colleges.

The Biology examination conducted during the morning session, was said to be easy  for most students Deccan Herald spoke to. “Compared to Maths, Biology was easy, although there were a few questions out of syllabus,” said Vivek Sharma, a student.

Rijith, from Indiranagar PU College, said he found the paper easy and had more than enough time to finish the examination. Sathish M, from RBANMS college, said: “Last year’s paper was very difficult. Compared to that, this year was a cakewalk.” Pragati Nayak said that there were surprisingly many questions from first year portions. “Around 25-30 of them. But none of them was very difficult.”

Mixed reactions

Mathematics, on the other hand, elicited mixed reactions. Vishwas P from Nagarjuna PU college, said: “For anybody trained in appearing for the IIT-JEE, this paper would have been very easy. There were hardly any unexpected questions.”

However, some students felt that the time given was not enough to attempt the examination. “Maths was very lengthy. We had to use long methods to solve the problems. Such questions are usually asked only in theory exams,” said Sankalp Patil.

Santhosh Raju of Vision PU College said he could not attempt the last few questions due to lack of time. “Biology was much better when compared to maths. Rajini Y added:
"Maths was lengthy and many higher level questions were asked. I didn’t have the time to solve, I just marked some of the answers randomly.”

Impersonator caught

A person was caught impersonating a candidate at St Joseph’s School. The KEA officials have filed a case with the police, and have said that the student will be debarred.

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