Even as the state records an increase in coronavirus cases, the Karnataka government Tuesday announced that candidates who have tested positive for Covid-19 but are asymptomatic will be permitted to attend the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) 2020, scheduled to be held on July 30 and 31. Over 1.94 lakh candidates have enrolled for the entrance test.
Confirming the same, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan said, “KCET 2020 will take place as scheduled on July 30 and 31 adhering to all guidelines issued by the Health Department. All Deputy Commissioners have been directed to arrange exclusive exam centers and rooms for candidates who are asymptomatic and have tested positive for Covid-19.”
Reiterating that the state government will ensure safety of candidates and invigilators attending the exam, he said ambulances will be arranged for those at Covid Care Centres for pick-up and drop facilities.
Further, Ashwathnarayan, who is also in charge of the Higher Education Department said students who are travelling from other states to take the entrance exam will be exempted from quarantine rules. “As many as 1871 candidates from outside the state are expected to appear for the test. They will be exempted from home quarantine norms and will be allowed to say in Karnataka for 96 hours,” he added.
Meanwhile, 30 students will travel from other countries to the state to take the exam. “They (overseas candidates) have been intimated about the same long back and have been given enough and more time to be at their respective locations to take the entrance test,” the minister said.
Of the total 1,94,356 candidates writing the exam in 497 exam centres across the state, 40,200 are from Bengaluru alone. As many as 83 exam centres are there in the capital city.
The decision to conduct the examinations was taken by the government despite demands from several student organisations and leaders citing a potential risk due to the ongoing pandemic situation.
“The situation now in the state is alarming and the government asking us to attend the exams amid this pandemic is totally non-acceptable. The situation has worsened from how it was when the final PU exam was conducted. I was expecting that the Minister will announce another date for KCET today,” Divya Gowda, a candidate said
Is KCET only for Karnataka students?
COMEDK is option for NON Karnataka Students to enter into Engineering and Medical colleges in Karnataka. Whereas KCET is solely for locals who have atleast 7 years study certificate in karnataka. Main difference is the cost, KCET seats in Govt and Govt.
What is KCET exam for?
KCET stands for Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET). This exam is conducted by Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA). … Candidates need to appear for NATA(National Aptitude Test in Architecture) in order to get admission in B. Arch courses in the state of Karnataka.
Is KCET Cancelled for 2020?
KCET 2020 was scheduled to be conducted April 22 to 24, 2020. However, the entrance exam has been postponed due to Coronavirus.
Who are eligible for KCET?
Candidates should be a citizen of India and domicile of Karnataka. Candidates should have passed the qualifying exam with a minimum of 50-60% marks from a recoganised university listed under VTU (Visvesvaraya Technological University).
How many attempts are allowed in KCET?
In the Officil KCET Website there is no mention of limitation of attempts but One can take the KCET Exam once in a year and the age limit is should be less than 21 or 24 years.