It turned out to be an eye-opener for more than 900 participants

The most awaited session of The Hindu EducationPlus Career Counselling 2013, covering various aspects of the Common Entrance Test (CET), turned out to be an eye-opener for the more than 900 students and parents who turned up for the programme here on Sunday.

S.P. Kulkarni, Administrative Officer, Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), gave valuable tips to the students who will know their CET results on May 27, in all probability. Guiding them through the next procedure — the option entry — Mr. Kulkarni asked them not only to choose carefully, but also choose early.

“Enter as many options as you want, but think twice before submitting the options. You can change the options only in the next round as the computer would have locked them,” he advised the students. He also suggested to them to attend trial allotment sessions available at the 13 nodal centres in the State. Admitting to the likelihood of technical glitches, he said late evenings would be the best time to enter options online.

Even though Mr. Kulkarni mentioned probable cut-offs for the coveted government quota medical seats, he said that this year students still had other options. “There are only 3,000 government quota medical seats. But in engineering, there are 44,000 seats, apart from the government’s share of seats in private colleges. This time, students can also choose agricultural courses,” he said.

He said students should talk to seniors in the colleges they wish to study in, as they would be the best guides. He had a word of advice to the parents: “Don’t pressure your children. Last year, there was a girl who got the 17 rank in medical. Both her parents were doctors. Within a month, she was back in the KEA office complaining that she had developed an allergy towards medicine and ended up pursuing engineering.”

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