Over a lakh write CET on Day One

Students find Biology paper easier than Maths; say not much difference from last year

Over a lakh write CET on Day One

Over one lakh students appeared for the Common Entrance Test-2013 for admissions to professional courses held across the State on Wednesday.

Students appeared for Biology and Mathematics papers on the first day. On Thursday, they will write Physics and Chemistry papers. Out of the 1,39,239 students who had enrolled for the CET, as many as 1,10,948 appeared for the Biology examination and 1,22,078 for the Mathematics examination.

Most students found the Biology paper in the morning session easier than the Mathematics exam held in the second session.

“Four-five questions were a bit tricky in the sense that all the options seemed to be correct answers. One had to apply some basic concepts to arrive at the answers. Overall, the paper was very easy,” said Sahiti from MES Kishore Kendra High School, Malleswaram, who hoped to score above 40 marks in Biology.

The questions were neither ‘too difficult nor too easy’ for Sunil D from Government PU College in Jalahalli. “Most of the questions were easy for those thorough with the textbooks.

There was not much difference from the previous year’s papers,” he added.

Even those such as Mohammed Arsh from St Joseph PU College, who did not put their ‘heart and soul’ in preparing for Biology due to their preference for engineering courses, found the paper ‘not so hard.’

“I just sat for two days preparing for the subject and just brushed up a few of the concepts and the topics. I am hoping for anywhere between 35 and 40,” said Arsh.

Almost 70 per cent to 80 per cent of the questions were within the II PU syllabus, while the rest were from I PU, according to faculty at Bangalore-based coaching institutes such as BASE and ACE.

Maths paper

Students felt that the Mathematics paper was lengthy. “There was no way that students could have attempted all the 60 questions. It was not tough but managing time was difficult as the solutions for the questions were lengthy,” said Sumanth, student of Deeksha College.

A student of PES College, Nayana, too was of the same view. “I could not attempt all the questions. My preparation was good and there were many questions for which I knew the answers, but could not manage to answer them within the available time.”

Ambiguity over fees

Parents on their part had their worries with regard to delay in announcement of the fee structure for professional courses.

“Every year it is the same headache. One fine day if the government suddenly announces the fee without giving us ample time, how are parents expected to arrange for the amount they specify?” said Latha whose daughter appeared for the CET on Wednesday.

She said the government should come up with the fee structure well in advance.

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