Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Electronics and Communication Engineering stream emerged as the most sought after course with 583 students opting for the core subject, of the first 1,500 rank-holders who appeared for counselling here on Monday. The top three rank-holders, however, gave the selection process a miss.

While Computer Science had a fair share of 253 students, Information Sciences seems to have taken a dip on the student popularity charts with only 91 takers, if the first day of counselling is anything to go by. A total of 1,239 students selected seats in 140 colleges across the State.

At the end of day one, Electronics and Communication merit seats were already filled up in several top-notch engineering colleges such as M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, R.V. College of Engineering and R.N.S. Institute of Technology, all in Bangalore, among others.

It was an anxious lot of students who thronged the Karnataka Examinations Authority’s premises from 8 a.m., well before their scheduled time.

While the first few hundred candidates were extremely calm, the heat is bound to rise as days pass by. With 31,298 seats available in 140 engineering colleges across the State, rank-holders from 1,500 to 3,000 will take their shot at the seat selection procedure on Tuesday.

Akshay R., who secured eighth rank, chose R.V. College of Engineering and selected Electronics and Communication Engineering. “The process was smooth and I chose this course out of interest. Also everyone is opting for these core courses nowadays,” he told The Hindu.

In spite of the number of seats increasing by 200 with two new private colleges in the fray, college admissions to engineering colleges, especially the government or aided ones continues to be a tight rope act.