Bengaluru: As the second round of allotment for engineering seats under Karnataka Common Entrance Test (CET) are underway in the state, candidates who have decided to follow an engineering career are in a tangle.
With the majority of medical/dental aspirants holding on to engineering seats allotted in the first round to avoid risks, not many seats have been carried over for the candidates, who expected to find better options in the second round.
“The revised schedule implies that my wait to confirm an engineering seat is also extended. With National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) candidates not surrendering seats they have blocked in the first round, students like me will face uncertainty for a longer time,” said Nitin, who is aspiring for an engineering seat in Bengaluru.
According to the information available on the official portal, Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) has now decided to hold the second round of engineering allotment on July 17, while the first allotment for MBBS and BDS seats in the state will take place on July 25.
Parents who are equally worried about the process and chances of their ward(s) getting into an engineering seat think that the authorities should have considered all sides before making a decision.
“KEA should have had a more systemized plan to avoid such problems. Engineering students should also be given equal preference and prominence like medical and dental aspirants,” said a parent.
At the same time, authorities at KEA claim that the process is transparent and stands no chance for confusions.
“Once a NEET candidate selects any medical/dental seat, the first option that they have chosen elsewhere gets cancelled automatically with more such seats opening up to the candidates who have not got any,” said an official.
- No. of students participating in second round – 47,700
- Second round allotment for engineering seats – July 17
- First round allotment for MBBS/BDS seats – July 25