Candidates Say Some K-SET Final Key Answers Incorrect

Published: 28th January 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th January 2015 08:38 AM   |  A+A-

MYSURU: Several candidates have complained that the final key answers for some of the questions in the Karnataka State Eligibility Test (K-SET) for lectureship released by the University of Mysore (UoM) on its website a week ago are incorrect.

The exam was held on November 30, 2014 and the provisional key answers released in December. 

Arpita K B, a candidate from Ballari district, said that she had filed an objection after she found 24 provisional key answers to be wrong in History and General papers. The university found she was right and gave the correct key answers for only 12 questions after revision. However, Arpita again approached UoM Registrar Prof C Basavaraju and K-SET co-ordinator Prof Basavalingu on Tuesday with books of different authors and textbooks brought out by the state to prove that the remaining 12 had not been corrected in the final key answers. She was asked to challenge the key answers by paying `5,000 as per the UGC guidelines.

Arpita said some of the key answers contradict the facts in history textbooks. For example, while the textbooks say Gautami Balashri was the mother of Gautamiputra Satakarni, but according to UoM it is Naganika.

A look into the question papers reveals that some of the questions are ambiguous. For example, a question in General paper asks to decide which of the two arguments is strong or weak or whether both are strong or weak. The statement: “Should public holidays be declared on demise of important national leaders?” The two arguments: 1) No, such unscheduled holidays hamper the national growth. 2) Yes, people would like to pay their homage to the departed soul.

UoM sources admitted that several questions could have been avoided as they could be interpreted in different ways.

K-SET Co-ordinator Prof Basavalingu denied the allegations.

He said the final key answers were given by a group of subject experts.


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