It was a field day for diploma candidates who wrote the common entrance test (CET) for lateral entry into engineering courses on Sunday, as many of them said the questions repeated from previous diploma CET question papers.
About 87 per cent candidates, out of 24,255 registered candidates appeared for the exam that was held in 56 centres, with 14 centres located in the city.
Nischita K, a diploma candidate from Acharya Polytechnic, who wrote the exam in Al-Ameen PU College, said: “Except mathematics that was tricky, most of the questions for other subjects were taken from last year’s question papers. If my rank is good, I want to pursue BE computer science in R V College of Engineering.”
A rank in the diploma CET helps candidates secure admissions into second year (third semester) engineering courses. The exam has applied science and mathematics subjects common for all branches, with other subjects based on a candidate’s specialisation.
Renuka R K, another engineering seat aspirant from Women’s Polytechnic College, Ramanagaram, said technical subjects were easy, and she found mathematics tough. “I didn’t attend coaching classes for mathematics. But many questions in C language and Data Structure were taken from previous year’s question papers,” she said.
According to Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), the key answers for the diploma CET would be hosted on the website www.kea.kar.nic.in shortly. Preliminary examination for the recruitment of Assistant Public Prosecutors cum Assistant Government Pleaders for Judicial Department was also conducted on Sunday.