Official says seat selection is not based on first-come-first-served basis

For those looking to select their course and college options for admissions through online process introduced by Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) were left disappointed and frustrated as the servers of the website were shut through most of the day.

Shivani Kottary and Ambika Joshi, both students from Sharadha PU College, were among the students – numbering around 60 — who came to the Mangalore helpdesk, set up at the National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, to select their options under the supervision of KEA-appointed staff. “Even though I have access to the internet in the house, I chose to come here as the staff are always available if anything goes wrong,” said Ms. Kottary.

However, she and most others who came through the day left disappointed as the servers of the website were down between 7.30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Most of them were greeted by a “server is busy” message.

“Thousands of students logging on at the same time have caused the servers to slow down. Even three links to access the option entry page is not enough,” said C. Suresh Tunga, Nodal officer at the centre.

He explained that the cause for the server shutdown during the day was the uploading of the seat matrix, which showed the seats available for courses in colleges.

“I would advise students to study the seat matrix, as well as the updated list of rank-wise students who came for verification, before selecting their options,” he said.

Swamped with calls through the day from frenzied, anxious parents, Mr. Tunga said many panicked after not having access to the website.

Misconception

“There is still a misconception that it is on first-cum-first-serves basis. Many think that if the seat is not selected quickly, they may lose the seat. This is not true. A candidate has one week time to select the seat,” he said.

The centre, which has been provided with 15 exclusive computers, would be open through the week for students to give their preferred option for courses and colleges.

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