Minister for Higher Education GT Devegowda said on Thursday that the Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to medical, dental and engineering institutes in Karnataka will likely be held online this year.
“A meeting will be convened soon to discuss the plan, where officials from KEA, higher education department and experts from Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belagavi will be present. Most of the competitive exams at a national level are already online-based,” the minister said as per The New Indian Express.
According to officials at the Higher Education department, the software to conduct the test online is almost ready and an official announcement in the change in the manner of the test is expected soon. A meeting will be held on January 19 to finalise the decision. If confirmed, the examination this year will be held online, though the pen-and-paper system could however be retained for students appearing for the exam in rural areas.
“Our universities and colleges have the infrastructure. All we need to do is prepare the software. Discussions are underway to make it a transparent process," the minister said as per Deccan Herald.
The CET in Karnataka has four subjects - Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology - and students have the option to choose between Biology and Mathematics depending on the courses they intend to apply for. Each question paper is for 60 marks and is made up of one-mark questions.
If the decision is confirmed, then CET will join national level exams like NEET and JEE which are conducted online. Around 2 lakh candidates appear for the exam held in various centres in Karnataka and the results are also expected to be announced online from this year onwards. In April 2018, nearly 2 lakh students appeared for the exam.
The minister did not clarify when asked whether the exam will be online or simply be computer-based in which students answer on downloaded answer sheets.
The CET is conducted by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) and officials from the KEA will take part in the January 19 meeting to finalise the examination procedure for 2019.