National CET to have separate rank lists

The proposed national Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to undergraduate engineering courses will produce separate rank lists: one for central institutes and another for state-level colleges.

The state list will be drawn only of students who write the CET in their respective states. The senior secondary (II PU) syllabus of each state would form the basis for that list, Vineet Joshi, Chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), said.

That means, any deficiency in the pre-university course syllabus will have little bearing on the chances of students who aspire to study at state-level institutes.

The clarification is expected to relieve students who fear they would be at a disadvantage while writing the proposed nationwide test because of the shortcomings in the syllabus they have studied in II PU.

The national test, to be held in 2013, would be based on the syllabus under the National Curriculum Framework (NCF), from which Karnataka’s syllabus differs by about 20 per cent. Students, teachers and parents were worried ever since it was announced on June 6 that the State will not conduct its own CET next year; instead it will go with the ‘one-nation, one-test’ policy.

Syllabus deficiency

Absence of clear guidelines from the Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE) and deficiency in the syllabus were the most worrying factors.

The CBSE chief says any difference in syllabi is unlikely to affect the students, especially those who want to get into state-level institutions.

“The variance in curriculum will have little effect,” Vineet Joshi told Deccan Herald over phone.
Students should also take heart from the fact that admission to all state-level colleges will be as per the reservation policy of the respective governments.

Domicile will be another factor in admission. At present, a student should have studied for at least seven years (between Class 1 and II PU / 10+2) in a government or government-recognised institute and passed the SSLC / Class 10 examination in Karnataka to be eligible for a state-level college.

Rashmi V Mahesh, Commissioner, DPUE, also allayed fears of the students.

Every effort was being made to ensure a “level-playing field” between students from the State and the rest of the country, she said.

But students would need to follow the NCF syllabus if they eye admission into central colleges.

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