All 2,214 medical seats allotted
As many as 3,464 government and government-quota seats remained unallotted as the results of the first round of counselling for Common Entrance Test (CET) rank-holders were declared here on Wednesday by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA). Two seats in architecture remained in the government pool. Of the 69,641 students who submitted their options, 61,845 were allotted seats and 7,795 were not.
As expected, all 2,214 medical seats were allotted, and more are excepted to be added in the second round of counselling which begins on July 23, including 85 each in ESIC Hospital, Bangalore, and Gulbarga (170, in all), and a few more from Subbaiah Institute of Medical Science, Shimoga.
Surprisingly, all the seats in the farm sciences courses, which were included in the CET for the first time, have been taken.
KEA officials said that in engineering too, there was a change in trends as former favourites — computer science and information science — fell behind electronics and communication, civil and mechanical engineering.
Students who logged on to the KEA portal at 11.30 a.m. to check the real allotment status were shut out of the site which flashed a “Server busy, please try later” message due to heavy traffic. While some tried using different browsers to bypass the problem, others were struggling with opening the ‘Allotment Results’ link on the website even at 5.30 p.m.
“I had to wait for about two hours before I could see my results,” said Nishchal S. Kaanth, who has been allotted mechanical engineering at MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore.
Sources said that the government had decided to allow a few colleges which have “excellent infrastructure” to charge more than Rs. 10,000 over the amount prescribed by the government. “Which are these colleges will be decided tomorrow,” they added.
Students have time till July 15 to pay the fees and report to the KEA and the college. KEA officials have asked students to have their unique transaction registration number and the reference number given by Indian Bank.
KEA officials also said that the compulsory one-year rural service for MBBS students applies not just to those who take government seats but also government-quota seats.
Those who don’t fulfil this criterion will have to cough up Rs. 10 lakh penalty.
The affidavit that they were submitting to the KEA until last year can now be downloaded along with their admit card and submitted to their colleges as they report to them, the officials added.