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CET: Fewer students eligible for engineering

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Bengaluru: There is a 3.6% dip in the number of candidates eligible for engineering courses in Karnataka for the 2019-20 academic year with 1,40,957 candidates getting the qualifying marks, down by 5,106 compared to the previous year.

The results of the Common Entrance Test (CET) 2019 were announced on Saturday and according to Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), the number of engineering ranks has decreased since fewer students got qualifying marks in the II Pre University Course exams this year.

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“Ranks are given considering the marks scored in the qualifying examination. This year, since the number of eligible candidates in the qualifying examination itself is low, it has affected the total eligible candidates,” said a senior official of KEA.

During CET 2018, 1,46,063 candidates received ranks for engineering. For CET 2019, of the 1,94,308 registered candidates, 1,80,315 appeared. During CET 2018, the number of candidates eligible to take up engineering seats had increased by 18,000 compared to CET 2017.

Interestingly, this year too, the number of engineering rank holders exceeds the number of seats available. According to data available from KEA, there are over 56,843 engineering seats available under the government quota, while the number of eligible candidates is 1,40,957. Despite this, around 20,000 seats go unfilled every year.

Candidates can get their results online on cet.kar.nic.in and kea.kar.nic.in. For counselling and document verification schedule, candidates are asked to visit the official website of KEA.

Jeffin Biju of Sri Chaitanya Techno PU college in Marathahalli, Bengaluru, topped the state in the engineering stream and also secured the second rank in Pharmacy.

R Chinmay from Expert PU college Mangaluru secured the second rank in engineering and Sai Saketika Chekuri of Sri Chaitanya Techno PU college Ramamurthy Nagar in Bengaluru secured the third rank.

P Mahesh Anand from Sri Chaitanya Techno PU college Marathahalli in Bengaluru bagged the first rank in Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences and also in the Veterinary stream. He is followed by V Vasudeva of BASE PU college Mysuru and Udith Mohan of Narayana E-Techno School Virgonagar in Bengaluru, who is also the second topper in Veterinary.

In B.Sc agriculture, Keerthana M Arun of National Public School Rajajinagar secured the first rank and Bhuvan V B from Expert PU College Mangaluru and Srikantha M L of Masters PU College Hassan secured the 2nd and 3rd ranks respectively. CET 2019 was conducted on April 29, 30 and 1st of May.

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