Chemistry, Biology and English papers were easy, they say

Physics and Mathematics papers posed a problem for many professional course seat aspirants who wrote the entrance exam conducted by the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) on Sunday. However, they said, Chemistry, Biology and English papers were comparatively easier.

While engineering aspirants wrote Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry papers, medical and dental seat aspirants took up Physics, Chemistry and Biology, besides English, which was introduced for the first time this year.

However, several students appeared for all the papers hoping to secure either an engineering or a medical seat. While all the papers consisted of 60 questions, the English paper had 30 questions. A large number of students from other States too appeared for exam as it is the gateway to for admission to 12 medical, 25 dental and 157 engineering colleges.

Karan Dalal, who aspires to get a mechanical engineering seat, said: “The paper was extremely easy on a whole. I found it well balanced and not so lengthy. The entire examination was well planned. Physics and Chemistry papers were easy but I found Mathematics a little difficult.”

Meanwhile, the English paper seemed to be a cakewalk for most students. The paper had questions that tested the students’ comprehension and grammar skills.

Anusuya Nair from Thiruvananthapuram, who wrote the exam at Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management on the outskirts of Mangalore, said the English paper did not pose a problem for her. “The grammar part tested our basic understanding of the language, and was not difficult. Questions that were based on passages, though time consuming, were easy too,” she said.

Some other students complained that the Mathematics paper had incomplete questions and mistakes. Shashwat Chaturvedi, a student who completed his 12th standard from Delhi Public School, Lucknow, said two questions were wrong another two were incomplete.

“We hope that the evaluators will give us grace marks,” he said.

Navneet M. claimed that there were eight mistakes in his paper.

“It was really distracting because the officials kept coming and changing the questions in the paper. It affected my performance and wasted my time.”

Meanwhile, A.S. Srikanth, chief executive, COMEDK, did not give a direct answer when asked about these complaints, but said the students could fill objections if they wished to.

The answer keys for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics papers were published on the COMEDK website (www.comedk.org)on Sunday evening. However, the answer keys for Biology and English papers have not been published as the Supreme Court has directed them not to publish the results of the medical and dental seats.

As many as 73,650 students wrote the exam. There were 123 centres across the State and 88,726 students had registered for it.

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