ComedK test venue changed, students claim

 Some candidates set to write the Consortium of Medical, Engineering, and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (ComedK) were in for a surprise on Wednesday when they received intimation about a change in their test centres. From this year, ComedK will be conducted at the national level in online format.

“My original exam centre was at the Bangalore Institute of Technology, KR Road. I received a message on Wednesday saying that my centre will be changed and that I will be informed of the new exam centre. No information on how I would receive the new admit card is  not known,” said a student appearing for the test.

There were other candidates who claimed to have been allotted centres outside the city. Rakshit Kumar, a student said: “I was earlier allotted a centre in the city, later when I logged on to the ComedK website, I found that it was changed to Mangaluru,” he said.
B N Subramanya, CEO, ERA Foundation that has collaborated with ComedK for the exams, said that centres for some students had been changed.

Further explaining the reason for the change in the centres, he said that students with physics-chemistry-maths combination had been allotted centres with ‘one shift’ while those with physics-chemistry-maths and physics-chemistry-maths-biology combinations were allotted centres with two shifts.

However, a few of the students with ‘one shift’ were allotted ‘two-shift’ centres. “As a result, these students have been recalled and allotted new shifts. This is the first time the exam is being held on such a large scale and improvements will be made in subsequent years,” he said. A S Srikanth, Chief Executive, ComedK, said that as many as 1.71 lakh candidates will be taking the exam in 156 cities and  in 729 centres, across the country. A total of 30,553 candidates will appear for the test at 152 centres in 27 cities across Karnataka.

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