The Karnataka Government has ruled out any change in the Common Entrance Test (CET) counselling schedule for admission to professional courses for the government pool of seats. The re-evaluation of answer scripts sought by a section of students would be completed ahead of the counselling sessions. Hence, there was no need for any change in the counselling schedule.
Any changes in the marks obtained by students after re-evaluation would be directly passed on by the Department of Pre-University Education to the CET Cell to avoid any time lapse and anxiety among students and their parents. The CET rank obtained by the student concerned would thus be changed automatically.
With results of the ICSE and CBSE streams having been announced, the CET Cell has extended the deadline for receiving a copy of the qualifying examination marks card to 10 a.m. on Thursday. Most of these students have already submitted a copy of their marks card over the past two days, and the authorities are working round the clock to receive the marks card. Nearly 2,500 CBSE students and 300 ISE students had appeared for the CET. The CET authorities have advised CBSE students to take printouts of the marks card and get them attested by their respective schools, with the CET register number on it.
Syed Jamal, Administrative Officer of the CET Cell, said that those who failed to submit their 12th Standard marks cards before 10 a.m. on Thursday would have to wait till May 26 when they could access results on the CET website.
The first week of counselling will be devoted to special category students — NCC, Sports, students with disabilities, ex-servicemen's children and so on. Counselling for admissions to medical colleges will begin on June 6, and this will be followed by admissions to engineering colleges scheduled to begin on June 13. According to the Government's plan, the entire admission process will be completed by the end of June.
After a high-level meeting here on Wednesday, the Minister said there had been fewer requests for re-evaluation this year compared to last year when 18,000 applications were received seeking 36,000 photocopies of answer papers, apart from 12,000 applications for re-evaluation. This year the authorities had so far received 9,344 applications seeking photocopies of answer papers and 3,089 applications for re-evaluation.
Mr. Shankaramurthy and Mr. Hegde said Karnataka was the only State to provide photocopies of answer papers, and this reflected the transparency in the examination process.
The last date for applying for photocopies of answer papers is May 26, and the last date for seeking re-evaluation is May 30. Each photocopy of the answer paper will be certified by an official of the Department of Pre-University Education. Students who obtain six marks more after re-evaluation than what had been awarded will be refunded the fee paid for the process.
The re-evaluation exercise will be completed by June 4, way ahead of the commencement of counselling for the general category of students.
The Minister said while only the CET ranking would count for admissions to medical and dental colleges, the marks scored in the pre-university examination and the CET would together count for admissions to engineering colleges following a direction of the Medical Council of India and the Karnataka High Court.
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