The results of the Karnataka State Eligibility Test – 2015 (KSET) show that the exam continues to be a tough nut to crack. The test determines the eligibility for recruitment to the posts of assistant professor and lecturer in universities and colleges in the State.
Of the 65,849 candidates who appeared for the test in December last, only 3,338 have obtained the eligibility. The eligibility percentage is 5.06. Among the eligible candidates, 21 are persons with disability.
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‘Exam standards are very high, and therefore not many candidates could clear it’
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Authorities of the University of Mysore, the nodal agency for conducting KSET, said the exam standards was very high, and therefore not many candidates could clear it. Vice-Chancellor K.S. Rangappa told reporters on Saturday that 82,458 candidates had registered for the test and 65,849 appeared. Among them, 17,990 could obtain the minimum cut-off marks prescribed in each paper.
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The Mysuru centre has topped with 749 candidates clearing the exam while it was only 120 in the Belagavi centre. A total of 21 people with disability (PWD) have cleared the exam.
As many as 649 cleared the exam in Bengaluru, 459 in Dharwad, 322 in Kalaburagi, 215 in Vijayapura, 181 in Tumakuru, 166 in Shivamogga, 158 in Mangaluru, 170 in Davanagere and 149 in Ballari. Percentage wise, Bengaluru topped with 6.28 per cent, followed by Dharwad (5.57) and Mysuru (5.43) and Davanagere registered the lowest (3.44).
Subject wise, 485 candidates cracked the Kannada language exam, followed by Commerce (441) and Economics (356). Only five candidates were able to clear it in Tourism, 7 in Urdu, 9 each in Folk Literature and Public Administration.
Percentage wise, not even one per cent of the candidates cleared Physics and Mathematics.
In Physics, only 16 cleared out of 3,164 appeared and in Mathematics it was 24 out of 3,331. In Arts and Humanities, the passing percentage was the lowest in Mass Communication and Journalism (3.15), English (3.53), Urdu (3.55) and Hindi (5.12).
Bengaluru candidates did well in Commerce, Management, Law, Computer Science and Psychology subjects, Mysuru candidates in Kannada, Economics, History, Education, Chemical Science and Life Science, Dharwad in Political Science, Geography, Library and Information Science.
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He said the top 15 per cent of the candidates had been chosen in each subject and category to become eligible. The successful candidates had been issued eligibility certificate with lifetime validity.
Mysuru University Vice-chancellor K S Rangappa said they will approach the University Grants Commission (UGC) for renewal of recognition for the university to conduct the K-SET for the next year and also for permanent recognition. He said the university is competent to get permanent recognition.
Prof. Rangappa said the examination was conducted in 32 subjects at 11 centres across the State. “We followed the UGC guidelines and the exam was conducted in a fair manner. We have written to the UGC to consider the KSET eligibility on a par with the National Eligibility Test.”
There have been many cases of candidates failing to get the eligibility by one or two marks, he said.
Registrar C. Basavaraju and KSET Centre Co-ordinator Basavalingu were present.