Hone your English language skills if you are a medical seat aspirant through COMED-K. For, unless you score 50 per cent in English paper, added for the first time this year along with Physics, Chemistry and Biology, the authorities will not assign any rank, thus disqualifying you from counselling.

Though discussions have been held to include English language paper in COMED-K entrance test since 2007, the decision was finally taken this year after member institutions expressed the need based on the past experience, Chief Executive of COMED-K A.S. Srikanth told The Hindu.

“Our experience in the past shows that it is very difficult to communicate with students with poor English knowledge. This is especially so as many students from north India, who score very high marks in core subjects, have poor English communication skills,” he added.

With the new format prescribed, a general candidate has to score 50 per cent and SC/ST candidates 40 per cent in English.

The paper will test English language skills of the candidates by way of exercises on grammar and comprehension passage.

Besides, a general candidate has to score 50 per cent marks in second PUC or equivalent along with 50 per cent marks in PCB in the entrance.

No chance this time

Meanwhile, a decision has also been taken to bar candidates who have passed PUC or equivalent exams before 2009. “Marks cards issued before 2009 do not have security features and there are chances that they are fake. Bogus candidates can be weeded out of the process with this,” Mr. Srikanth said.