ComedK: Students get centres a 'little away'

ComedK: Students get centres a 'little away'

ComedK: Students get centres a 'little away'

Around 1,200 of the 1.71 lakh candidates who have enrolled to write the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (ComedK) entrance exam have been given exam centres a “little away” from their home cities.

On Thursday, a number of students received information about their exam centres being changed a second time. Some students had even claimed to have been allotted centres in neighbouring states.

B N Subramanya, CEO of Era Foundation that has collaborated with the ComedK to conduct the exam this year, said, “Out of the approximately 1.70 lakh candidates who have registered for the exam, around 1.52 lakh - as much as 95% – have been allotted the centres of their choice. Around 17,000 got centres that are closer to their cities, while around 1,200 have been moved a little away.”

When asked if it was possible that candidates out of the 1,200 could have been given exam centres in neighbouring states, Subramanya said, “It is possible that a few got centres in places like Hyderabad and others.”

This is the first time that the ComedK exam has gone online and is being conducted at a national level. It is being held in 156 cities and in 729 centres across the country.

Giving reasons for the change in the exam centres, Subramanya further said that TCS, the agency conducting the exam, had found a number of exam centres lacking in the required infrastructure.

“The sheer size and magnitude of the exam this time is huge,” he said.  Exam centres in cities were filled on a first-come-first-served basis and a number of centres in Bengaluru were filled very soon. Those who registered late were given centres in other cities, he added.

Sandeep N, a student set to appear for the ComedK exam, said that he received a message about the change in the exam centre on Thursday. “I have not checked my new exam centre as yet. However, I hope it is not somewhere very far away,” he said.

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