KCET exam begins under tight CCTV surveillance

Around 9,600 invigilators and a total of 20,483 officers have been deployed to discharge the examination duties

Exam to be conducted over a span of 3 days

The Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) 2022  for professional courses commenced on Thursday (June 16). The exam will be conducted over 3 days, ending on Saturday (June 18). The examination will be conducted in 486 centres across the state, out of which 87 are located in Bangalore and the rest 399 in other parts of the state.

As per the schedule, the exam will be held in separate sessions each day. On June 16, there will be two shifts. The first shift (from 10:30 AM to 11:50 AM) will have the Biology exam followed by Mathematics paper (from 2:30 PM to 3:50 PM). On June 17, the first shift will have the Physics exam followed by the Chemistry paper in the following shift. On the third day (June 18), there will be a Kannada Language Test from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

As per media reports, Karnataka Higher Education Minister CN Ashwath Narayan has said that the exam centres will have CCTV surveillance to curb malpractices and the use of unfair means during the exam.

The examination will have 486 observers (assistant commissioner cadre), 972 Special Invigilation Squad members, 486 custodians, 9,600 invigilators and a total of 20,483 officers who will discharge the examination duties.

As per some media reports, the Education Minister has informed that the question papers will be printed both in English and Kannada languages. In case of any discrepancies between the English and the Kannada papers, the English version will be taken as final. A total of 2,16,525 candidates have registered for the CET-2022.

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The Karnataka Education Authority has not released any particular dress code for the exam but has issued guidelines for candidates appearing for the test. As per the guidelines, the candidates are required to carry their KCET 2022 admit card with them to their respective exam venues, without which they won’t be allowed to enter.

Candidates have also been prohibited from wearing any wristwatch or other electronic gadgets like tablets, phones, or calculators which may raise suspicion. Candidates are also needed to carry an ID proof like Aadhaar card, driving license etc. Apart from these rules, the candidates are also expected to wear a face mask throughout the exam and are allowed to carry a 50 ml hand sanitizer and a transparent water bottle.

As informed, the mode of the paper would be a pen-paper-based examination with objective multiple-choice questions. The exam duration will be 1 hour and 20 minutes for each session.