Out of the 1,600 seats available, more than 1,200 were chosen at the counselling for the candidates with rank numbers from 3201 to 4800.
Candidates appearing for counselling said the process was hassle free. Vivek, an engineering student from Mysore, escorted his sister for the seat selection. He was all praise for the improved arrangements. "I had appeared for the counselling for myself two years ago. There has been significant changes in this year arrangements,” he remarked. He felt that the increase in number of verification and seat selection counters was not helpful in easing the burden on officials but also kept the pressure off the candidates. "Earlier there were six counters for seat selection. Now, they have been increased to eight. This indeed has helped the candidates," said.
Krishnamoorthy, a resident of Yelahanka who turned up for his daughter's counselling, too commended the KEA for the enhanced arrangements. "It's pleasurable to come here. I was expecting a gruelling and exhaustive day. But thanks to the conduct of the CET counselling at four other centres, the burden has been reduced considerably," he said.
Many candidates, however, were disappointed when they failed to get their preferred stream or college. Nonetheless, they hoped to opt for their preferred seats during the casual vacancy round.
Vivek’s sister was looking forward to getting electronics and communications engineering but she had to be content with the humble branch: civil engineering.
On Saturday, counselling will be held for candidates with rank numbers 4801 to 6400 who will have to select among a total of 36,090 seats available.