The Common Entrance Test ( CET ) 2013 results will be announced on 28th May, 2013 at 4 p.m., Rajneesh Goel, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, told presspersons here on 24th May, 2013.
With the results of the Central Board of Secondary Education class 12 examination expected on 27th May, 2013, the Karnataka Examinations Authority ( KEA ) has decided to postpone the document verification process for CET rank holders.
KEA officials said verification of documents for those with disabilities and those applying under NCC quota will be held on 3rd June, 2013 and sports quota on 4th June, 2013. For the remaining categories – general merit and reserved – it will be held on 5th June, 2013.
Errors found in CET Physics Chemistry Question Papers
The second day of the Common Entrance Test ( CET ) followed the same pattern as the first, with students saying one paper was easy and one “tricky.”
Both the exams held on 2nd May, 2013 – physics and chemistry – reported high attendance with over 97 per cent of those enrolled appearing for the test. Over 1.35 lakh students wrote both the exams, according to a release from the Karnataka Examinations Authority ( KEA ).
Experts pointed out some errors in the question paper again, especially in physics. Sridhar from Ace Creative Learning Pvt. Ltd., said: “The physics paper was mostly numerical based and the difficulty level was moderate. There were, however, some tricky questions that were difficult to answer given the time constraint. The options to two questions were incorrect and two more questions had incomplete information. An average student would score between 30 and 35 marks.”
About the chemistry paper, G.K. Shivaprakash from the Department of Chemistry, BASE coaching centre, said, “The question paper was easy. Two questions appeared ambiguous. For one question, none of the options provided were correct.” Meanwhile, students gave mixed responses. “The physics paper was easy. This year’s paper was easier than last year’s,” said Amreen J, a student of GRV Pre University College.
“Chemistry was much easier when compared to physics. Physics was more numerical – oriented and was tough,” said Prajwal K.A. from Kumran’s PU College.
The Kannada language test for Horanadu and Gadinadu Kannadiga candidates will be conducted from 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on 3rd May, 2013 in exam centres in Bangalore.
Jayalalitha opposes All India CET for UG, PG Medical Courses
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today strongly opposed an All India Common Entrance Test for admission to Under Graduates and Post Graduates courses in medical colleges, saying such a move would interfere with the State’s rights and create problems in implementing the reservation policy.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, she said that despite the State’s protest, the Centre has notified the National Board of Examination for conducting the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test for PG courses and had gone ahead issuing a public notice for MD / MS / PG diploma courses for the 2013 session.
She said the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare had assured states they would be consulted and their views considered before evolving any policy with regard to conduct of an All India Common Entrance Test.
The Tamil Nadu government had also given its views specifically stating that this Test would “interfere with the State Government’s rights in administrating the education system and would create problems in implementing the reservation policy followed uniquely in our State”, she said.
Even after repeated requests by this public notice, it was now clear that the Centre has not considered the case and has gone ahead with the decision to implement the Common Entrance Test, she said and added that Tamil Nadu should be exempted from the test and allowed to continue with its existing system for admission to UG / PG medical seats.
“We are surprised and distressed by this unilateral decision” of the Centre which has been taken without taking into account the State’s protest and in spite of the stay against the Common Entrance Test in Madras High Court, which holds good until it was vacated or till the writ petition was disposed of,” Jayalalithaa said.
She said the state government has already taken a policy decision to abolish the entrance examination for professional courses.
This was done after detailed examination by an Expert Committee which found such Tests put rural students from poor socio – economic backgrounds at a disadvantage due to lack of geographical and financial access to requisite training institutions and materials, she said.
Jayalalithaa said the state government has reserved 50 per cent of its medical PG seats for doctors who have completed three years of rural service with special weightage for those working in hilly and tribal areas and serve the state for a minimum period.
“It will be legally difficult to implement these policy initiatives if a Common Entrance Test is introduced as we would have to fall in line with the regulations of the National Test, which may not have such enabling provisions,” she added.
CET option entry for extended Casual Vacancy Round ends
Option entry for the extended casual vacancy round for admissions to undergraduate medical, dental, Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy, engineering and architecture courses for CET rank holders ends on 22nd September, 2012.
According to a press release from the Karnataka Examinations Authority ( KEA ), the results of the seat allotment will be published on the KEA website on 23rd September, 2012 after 8 p.m. As far as diploma holders seeking admissions through lateral entry to second year engineering and architecture courses are concerned, as many as 16,637 candidates have logged in and entered 5.43 lakh options.
The result of the mock seat allotment will be published on the KEA website on 22nd September, 2012 after 6 p.m.
And, candidates who have got ranks between 2,501 and 6,000 in PGCET for admission to ME and M.Tech courses, will be allowed to get their documents verified on 22nd September, 2012. The document verification process will go on till 29th September, 2012.
The right strategy to prepare for CAT 2012
It is time to start preparing for CAT in the right earnest. With the CAT examinations scheduled to be held from 11th October, 2012 to 6th November, 2012 on 21 days ( 42 slots ), you do not have many more days left to prepare.
CAT 2012 test pattern
CAT 12 notification has not thrown any surprises and CAT pattern this year will be similar to CAT 2011. It will have two sections – each having 30 questions to be attempted in 70 minutes. The first section will include Quantitative Ability ( Quant ) and Data Interpretation DI. The second section will include Verbal Ability ( VA ) and Logical Reasoning ( LR ).
Each question will have four options and right answer will get three marks. Wrong answer will get negative one mark. Questions not attempted will get zero mark. You will not be able to start second section even if you finish the first section in less than 70 minutes. The CAT 12 therefore will favour those who have strengths in both the sections and your preparation should take this important aspect into account.
Most of you would have started your preparation for CAT about 4 – 12 months in advance and may have completed about 20 – 100% of basics. Needless to add, if you have started much later or are starting now, the first and foremost task is to complete basics of all test areas.
If you are a reasonably bright student with no weakness or fear in Maths and English, you should be able to prepare for CAT 12 in the next 75 – odd days.
You should aim to complete the basics in all the test areas at the earliest possible. If you have started your preparations late, you should still aim for completing it at least 15 days in advance of the date you are planning to write CAT.
Let us look at what are the key areas in which you should complete the basics :
A. Quantitative Ability Section
– Quant – Arithmatic, Basic Algebra, Geometry &Mensuration and Modern Maths.
– DI : Tables, Line, Bar and Pie Charts, Routes and Networks etc.
B. Verbal Ability Section
– Logical Reasoning – Calendars, Clocks, Cubes, Syllogisms, Conditional Statements, Venn Diagrams, Maxima – Minima, Binary Logic, Games & Tournaments, Logic Puzzles etc.
– Verbal Ability
– English grammar basics
– Reading Comprehension: Reading on various different subjects online
– Vocabulary : Consulting dictionary regularly to know the contextual usage of unfamiliar words / usage
– Verbal Reasoning : Paragraph formation / Completion, Summary of a passage etc.
It is expected that you are reasonably comfortable in each of these areas. Further, you should be able to apply the concepts and solve questions that require application of the same.
During this phase, you should also start taking topic-wise and sectional ‘timed’ tests to test your understanding of each topic. You should take as many tests as possible on – line so that you develop comfort in taking the computer – based tests. This should also help you build speed.
You should also start taking mock CAT tests as soon as possible. It is advisable to take regular, spaced mock CATs so that you have enough time to analyse and take corrective action.
Most of the CAT toppers agree that one of the most important part of preparing for CAT is taking mock CAT tests seriously and analysing the same diligently. Taking about one test per week initially and taking two tests per week in the later stage is quite sufficient for most students.
The key advantage of taking mock CATs is that you are able to judge your relative performance vs. other test-takers. Unlike other exams where your focus is on the absolute score or percentage marks and nothing else, CAT requires you to perform on a relative performance scale measured in terms of percentile rank.
Since most B – schools short-list the students based on percentile rank, you need to have a good estimate of your relative strengths and weakness vs. others.
You should ensure thatthe mock CATs taken by you are taken by a large number of students so that the results are reasonably representative.
Thorough analysis on each mock CAT is extremely important. While it may take 3 – 4 hours or even more but it is now the most critical element of your CAT preparation strategy. Don’t neglect it or take it lightly!
Unlike college / university exams, where most students prepare anywhere between few days to few weeks in advance, CAT requires regular and rigorous practice if you wish to do well. So start today, if not done already!
Devoting an average of at least 3 – 4 hours every day in building basics, taking online ‘timed’ topic – based / sectional tests, taking mock CATs, analyzing your performance and taking corrective action is the recommended road map should lay a strong foundation for you to do well in CAT.
‘Common Entrance Exam’ for Admission to all Central Universities will be from 2013
From 2013 academic session, admission to all Central Universities i.e., University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia and also the others which are located in states will be held through a Common Entrance Exam for all central universities. Presently, there are 42 central universities across India.
Vice Chancellors’ of the central universities have agreed to work towards a common entrance examination which was discussed at the Vice Chancellor’s retreat held earlier this month in Chandigarh. They are now willing to prepare a draft for entrance examination for admission to bachelor programmes. This Exam will be conducted for all central universities for admission to undergraduate programmes.
However, a general agreement has been made which states that CET Exam would benefit students; some of the more established central universities appear to have some concern.
The proposed common entrance examination would test general and subject related aptitude through a single test and will give adequate weightage to class XII board examinations to account for subject knowledge. Class XII board examination scores are currently used for determining cut – offs for admission.
The ministry has made it clear that minority central universities like Aligarh Muslim University and unique universities such as the Indian maritime University may opt out of participating in the common examination.
Furthermore, the central universities will probably take necessary steps to join in the common examination from the next academic session.
Maharashtra to accept Single CET Model from 2013
Maharashtra Technical Education Minister, Rajesh Tope said,”Maharashtra state will accepts single Common Entrance Test ( CET ) model for admission in to engineering colleges, including Indian Institute of Technology ( IIT’s ) and National Institute of Technology ( NIT’s ) from the academic year 2013″.
Rajesh Tope also said,”A proposal in this regard has been prepared and will be presented on the state cabinet for the approval”.
The new format suggested by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal for admission to all central Govt. funded engineering institutions, proposes single Common Entrance Test ( CET ), the JEE will replace the old IIT – JEE and AIEEE.
The Joint Admission Board of the IIT’s has given a nod for the Common Entrance Test for all Undergraduate Programmes for the year 2013. According to the new rules admission to the undergraduate programme for 2013 will be based on percentile ranking.
The blueprint of the conduct of the exam has been prepared in IIT – Delhi. The students appearing in this advanced JEE would be getting a chance to take admission in Top IIT’s, IT – BHU and ISM – Dhanbad. Also, all these could happen only because JAB has accepted the percentile based formula for conducting the JEE in 2013.
Rajesh Said,” Maharashtra Govt. will give 50% weightage to marks scored by students of both English and Non – English medium schools in their class 12 exam”.