TAMIL NADU

97,765 candidates assigned ranks

BANGALORE May 29. As many as 97,765 candidates of the 1,30,926 who appeared for the Common Entrance Test (CET) 2002 here this month have been assigned ranks.

The top ranks in the Engineering and the Medical streams have been bagged by students from the coastal districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada, while the second and third ranks in both the disciplines went to students from Bangalore.

Shetty Shivdeep Jayaram of Viveka PU College, Kota, Udupi, has secured the first rank in the Engineering stream and Sajjan Shenoy of Canara PU College, Mangalore, has bagged the first rank in the Medical stream under the Karnataka quota.

Arko Nasipuri of Kolkata, West Bengal, has secured the first rank in both the Engineering and Medical streams under the non-Karnataka quota.

Sundeep B. and Chinmay Hegde, National PU College, Jayanagar, have secured second and third ranks in the Engineering stream, while Harish K. of MES College and Adithya P. of National College, Indiranagar, have bagged second and third ranks in the Medical stream under the Karnataka quota.

The CET results will be announced here on Thursday. They will be published in the 317 examination centres in the State at 11 a.m. The results were available on the Internet from 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The following websites -- cet.kar.nic.in, cetresults.kar.nic.in, karresults.nic.in and rguhs.ac.in/cet -- are carrying the results.

Announcing the results here on Wednesday, the Minister of State for Higher Education and Medical Education, G.Parameshwar, told presspersons that of the 1,5,2997 students who applied for the entrance test, 1,30,926 appeared. Among them, 72,172 were candidates from the State, while 58,754 were non-Karnataka students.

As many as 72,804 students were assigned ranks in Engineering, and 60,039 in Medical/Dental streams. Boys fared better than girls in the test. As many as 89,490 boys and 41,436 girls took the test. Of these 67,379 boys and 30,386 girls were assigned ranks. Among boys, 52,825 were allotted Engineering ranks and 36,022 Medical ranks. As many as 19,979 girls got Engineering ranks, while 24,017 girls got ranks in the Medical stream.

About 41.93 per cent of SC candidates and 46.03 per cent of ST candidates were assigned ranks.

The seat selection process would start on June 18, Dr. Parameshwar said. This year, the Engineering seat selection process would be conducted first, followed by the Medical/Dental seats, in the preliminary round.

In the admission round, the seat selection for both Engineering and Medical/Dental streams would be held simultaneously, he said.

He said that this time, the CET Cell would ensure that the time taken for allotment of seats was reduced, and the admission process would be completed as early as possible. In the previous years, the allotment process had sometimes taken about six months, he added.

Under the rural quota, candidates would be offered seats pertaining to the Government Order issued in February this year. From this year, the reserved seats would be offered to candidates on production of a caste income validity certificate in respect of categories 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B and only a caste certificate in respect of SC, ST and Category-1, issued by the tahsildar concerned, he added.

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