Mixed reactions to Biology and Maths question papers
The Common Entrance Test (CET) for admissions to professional and agriculture courses conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) got off to a quiet start across the State on Wednesday, with no ‘inspection’ by any Minister, fewer security personnel (owing to the elections), and despite the uncertainties surrounding its validity for medical courses. On day 1, students reached the exam centres well in advance, tension and excitement writ large on their faces and eyes glued to their textbooks.
A KEA press release said that there was 79.6 per cent attendance for the biology exam, while 87.65 per cent attended the mathematics exam.
Most students coming out of the exam halls said the Biology paper was easy.
“I want to pursue medicine. The paper was easy, the pattern and the difficulty level were almost the same as in the previous years. Around 10 questions were repeated from the earlier question papers and five to 10 questions were fact-oriented, which were tough,” said Neeraj Doddamane.
However, he said this batch of students were at a disadvantage while attempting the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) as they had studied under the State syllabus and there was a difference between that and Central syllabus.
“As NEET will be based on Central syllabus, we will have to study both syllabi,” he added.
NEET is scheduled for May 18 in the State.
There were takers for the B.Sc farm courses too, which have been introduced under the CET this year.
“I want to pursue agricultural biotechnology. The decision to include agriculture courses in CET is good. We need not waste time applying for these courses separately,” said Yogashree, a student of KLE PU College.
The students were less enthusiastic after completing the mathematics paper, which was held in the afternoon.
“The Maths paper was neither easy nor tough. It was slightly lengthy, but I could somehow finish it on time,” said Sanjana Dhanasanran.
Several parents also complained of the lack of clarity on the fee structure and seat matrix — something that was to be decided by April 10. Shankar Govaindan said his daughter wants to pursue medicine in a city college, which would be a financial challenge, and the indecisiveness of the government would only add to his anxiety.
A few glitches were reported. A parent, who wished not to be named, claimed the maths paper was distributed 10 minutes late at an exam centre in Rajajinagar.
Reminding one of the mistakes reported in the II PU question papers, H.K. Nagaraja, faculty of Mathematics of BASE coaching centre, said that there was a mistake in question number 57 in version C-4.
On Thursday, the physics and chemistry exams will be held.