KEA considering taking Common Entrance Test online in 2019


The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) is mulling over the idea of conducting the Common Entrance Test (CET) online in 2019.

The test is a gateway for those aspiring for professional seats in engineering, agriculture, AYUSH and various other courses. Although the KEA has begun preparations for the test to go online, there is opposition from various quarters, with many arguing that an online system would make it difficult for students in rural areas.

A senior KEA official said a proposal on the matter would be tabled in the upcoming governing council meeting scheduled next week. “Although we are concerned about how rural students will cope with the online test, it should be fairly simple as all the questions are multiple-choice ones. Students will only have to click on the correct option,” the official said.

He defended the proposal by arguing that many other competitive examinations have adopted the online format. The KEA is in talks with the National Informatics Centre to develop software for the test. For CET 2018, 1.98 lakh candidates had registered.

The Common Entrance Test has four papers — physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology. Each paper consists of 60 questions, each carrying one mark, and it needs to be completed in an hour. According to KEA authorities, students would be given mock tests before the actual test.

The move has received a mixed reaction from students. While those who are comfortable with online formats have welcomed it, others are hoping that the KEA will reconsider this proposal. Sanchita R., a student who plans to write CET-2019, said: “The exam should go online only if the KEA is fully prepared and there are no technical glitches. In many places, internet connectivity is not up to the mark. If something goes wrong during the test it will cause unnecessary stress and affect the performance of students.”

Siddharth R., another student, said: “I am not very good at using computers. I am scared about pressing the wrong button. It could prove very costly for my future.”

The application and seat allotment process for CET is already online.

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