Students from different parts of the country, eligible to appear for the Common Entrance Test (CET), flocked to the Karnataka Examinations Authority where the Kannada language test for Horanadu and Gadinadu category students was held.
The CET will commence here on Wednesday with 1.16 lakh candidates slated to appear for it. It is a qualifying exam for admissions to engineering, medical and dental colleges in the State. Being held in a total of 235 centres, 58 of which are in Bangalore, it is an important stepping stone towards students' careers. On Wednesday, medical college aspirants will be tested in Biology in the morning session while engineering aspirants will appear for Mathematics.
On Tuesday, candidates arrived on the KEA premises as early as 11 a.m. During the first examination, they were tested on elementary Kannada. “I was told to study Kannada up to fourth standard level,'' said Surabhi R., who said she found the exam easy. Horanadu students, however, found the exams tough with translation, essay writing and general knowledge questions.
Interacting with The Hindu, some students and parents even questioned the need for a language test. Sashi S., a parent, felt that this was an unnecessary routine. “There are students who have scored well above 90 per cent in their tenth standard, and this exam is an unnecessary event.”
Problem for others
This prerequisite, which is not a practice in most other States, forces students like Vinaya V.B., a resident of Andhra Pradesh, to study the language specifically for the exam. “I studied Kannada only for this exam, this is extremely crucial for my career.”
Another student despaired why she should have to spend precious time on a language test when she should be concentrating on the main subjects.