The unprecedented response from candidates for the first ever Karnataka Teachers Eligibility Test (KARTET) has forced the Department of Public Instruction to use 12 servers to handle the rush.
The Department had earlier set up only three servers to handle online applications.
As of Tuesday, as many as 2,85,066 candidates had applied online for KARTET on the portal managed by the Centralized Admission Cell (CAC). Of them, 1.97 lakh have completed the application process. The last date to apply is May 3 and KARTET will be held on June 1.
“We started off with three servers, each with a capacity to handle 15,000 hits a second. With the last date to apply approaching, each server was getting 40,000 hits a second,” said a CAC official. While two servers are in Bangalore, three are in Chennai and the remaining in the United States. “Fortunately, none of the servers have gone down.”
A model question paper has also been uploaded on www.schooleducation.kar.nic.in for the benefit of candidates.
It is mandatory for candidates to clear the TET (by securing 60 per cent marks) in order to become eligible to apply for teaching jobs.