CET slated for May 3, 4; counselling to go online

CET slated for May 3, 4; counselling to go online

1.20 lakh students expected to appear for the test in Ktaka

The Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to undergraduate professional courses of academic year 2012-13 will be held on May 3 and 4.

Exam in Biology will be from 10.30 am to 11.50 am, while Mathematics exam will be held from 2.30 pm to 3.50 pm on Thursday, May 3. The same schedule will hold good for Physics (10.30-11.50 am) and Chemistry (2.30-3.50 pm) exam the next day.

The Kannada language test will be on Saturday, May 5. Horanadu Kannadiga candidates will have to appear for the test at 2 pm and Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates at 4 pm. A detailed notification will be published in the second week of February, Minister for Higher Education V S Acharya said.

The application process will begin January end. The Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA), which conducts the exam, will only print the brochure with test information this time. The details of the seat selection process will be published on its website later.

The test fee, which is expected to remain unchanged, has to be paid at select bank branches. The KEA estimates that 1.20 lakh students will write the CET.

Online counselling

For the first time ever, CET counselling here will go online, as in Andhra Pradesh.

The KEA studied the online counselling processes in Delhi, Chandigarh, and Hyderabad before recommending that Karnataka too should go online with the seat selection process.

The finer points of the entire process are being finalised and will be published on the website soon. Teachers, parents and students may write in their suggestions and objections, if any.

Online counselling will save time and money of the students and their parents as they would be spared the trouble of going to the counselling centres. It will also check “seat blocking” as the website would promptly announce as soon as a student selects a seat in a particular college.

Students’ testimonials will be scrutinised in government engineering colleges and polytechnics.

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