`I did not attend special classes, but just studied hard'
The overall pass percentage is 54.60 Many students found it difficult to access CET websites
Bangalore: Their efforts have paid off for students who have emerged toppers in the Common Entrance Test (CET).
The overall pass percentage this year is 54.60.
Abhay Kumar G. secured the first rank in medicine/dental as well as in the Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy.
"I am delighted. I attribute my success to my parents' support and God's blessings," he said. Abhay, a student of Government PU College, Malur, said he wants to take up medicine.
Bharath P. Bhat, who secured the second rank in medical/dental and third ranks in Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy, said he did not go in for private coaching.
"I am elated. While my friends took private tuitions I did not feel the need for it," he said.
Anoosh G., a second rank holder in engineering, also said he prepared hard for the examination. "I chose not to go for coaching. I just studied hard," he said.
Dipith D., who topped in the architecture stream, said she had also written the COMED-K examination.
Pradipta Bannerjee, who has secured the second rank in architecture, said he made it mainly because of his drawings. "The theory part of the examination was tough. Drawing is my strength," he said.
Several students found it difficult to access the official CET websites to get their results. Several cyber cafes were packed with students trying hard to get their results.
Owing to heavy traffic, the servers at a few cyber cafes crashed and students complained that this added to the tension.
Krithika, who was looking for her results at a kiosk on Cunningham Road, was disappointed at the slow Internet speed at the centre.
Ashwini, a student of Seshadripuram College who has secured the 2,547th rank in engineering, said she planned to take up electronics. Her friend Sangeeta of National Junior College, who has secured the 448th rank in medicine, aspires to become a cardiologist. Neha of Clarence High School, who has secured 2,445th rank in engineering, wants to take up computer science.
She said that since the number of seats offered by the CET Cell was less this year, it might be difficult for students to get admission into colleges of their choice.
"The number of ranks is high and the number of seats less. There is going to be fierce competition for the seats this year," she pointed out.
Atul from St. Joseph's College is hopeful of studying telecommunication engineering.
"The demand is now for telecommunications and electronics," he said.
The decrease in the number of seats this year was the common talk among students.
Perceiving this as an unfair move, especially because of rising competition, the students felt that they had few options left.