– Reshma Ravishanker
What might give some respite for some engineering position candidates who appear for the COMEDK exams, this year’s work will take into account a curriculum reduction mandated by the CBSE Board of Directors and the State Department of Pre-College Education when formulating questions. The COMEDK exams are to take place in the first week of September.
As in previous years, the exam paper will have 33% of the curriculum based on the first PU curriculum (grade 11) and a further 67% based on the second PU curriculum (grade 12). Although this pattern remains unchanged, students will only have questions from the reduced curriculum prescribed by their respective boards. Both the PU Board and the CBSE had prescribed a 30% reduction in the curriculum for this academic year.
Popularly known as COMEDK (The Consortium of Medical, Technical and Dental Colleges of Karnataka), the event was scheduled to take place on June 20th and was postponed after the onset of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Applicants were given until June 15 to submit their applications. So far 51,600 candidates have registered.
The authorities have now announced that the exams will take place in the first week of September, a few days after the end of the joint entrance exams of the Karnataka Examination Board.
Compared to 183 cities where the centers were located in previous years, this time authorities have proposed setting up centers in over 230 cities to help students during the pandemic. Not only will this ensure social distancing, but it will also allow students to choose centers that are close to them. 1.25 lakh terminals are being set up by TCS to facilitate the testing process.
Dr. S. Kumar, Executive Secretary, COMEDK said the students could prioritize three centers of their choice and they would receive an allocation in one of them. “Each center will only be filled to 50% of its capacity. The number of centers will be determined after June 15th based on the number of applications we receive, ”he said.
All Covid-19-related safety measures, such as providing PPE kits for supervisors and ensuring candidates wear masks, are followed.
“We’re going to have two different sessions because we’re dividing the students into two groups. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. The normalization process according to the same process adopted by IITs is followed in the preparation of the questionnaires to ensure the same level of difficulty in both papers so that students do not complain about inequalities, ”he said.
This year, too, there will be central online advice for candidates after the exams have been completed. Even the document review would be done online via DigiLocker. The COMEDK authorities have reached out to educational authorities in various states to ensure access to DigiLocker. If the facility is not available, the state authorities will take data for review.
“If there is enough time, even four consultation rounds can be carried out. We have to be considerate. Not all students are tech savvy and may make wrong decisions or enter wrong options. We want to make the admission process as easy as possible for them, ”said Kumar.
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