Bengaluru, April 18: The Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) is conducting its Common Entrance Test (CET) examination 2018 today, that is on Basava Jayanti. The KEA made no attempts or efforts to change the dates despite facing criticiam and backlash from different sections of the society. KEA’s senior official said that the KCET was an important exam and students from other states also took the examination. Hence, it wasn’t feasible and prudent for the authority to change the dates for the examination. Last minute changes would not be made as it would be equivalent to playing with a student’s future. Also Read - Karnataka Observes Bandh Called by Pro-Kannada Organisations Today, Many Activists Detained

The CET which is an entry examination for all the professional courses namely- Engineering, Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy, B Pharma and Pharma D will be held today, April 18 and on April 19. The Botany and Mathematics papers will be conducted today and the physics and chemistry exams are scheduled for Thursday. Also Read - Bengaluru News: Suburban Train Services to Resume in City From December 7 on These Routes | Details Here

The test, usually conducted in the first week of May, was scheduled a fortnight earlier this year due to the assembly elections. KEA officials also said that the dates for the CET 2018 were kept bearing in mind the schedules in other states. Apart from the exams scheduled on the 18th and 19th, the Kannada language test will be conducted on April 20. The KCET which will be conducted at 430 centres across the state, has as many as 1,98,639 students appearing for the test. Keeping in the mind the cheating offences, at least 31,360 officers have been deployed for keeping a strict check on all the exam centres. Not just that, candidates have prohibited of wearing any type of wrist watch to the exam hall. Even mobiles, tablets and calculators have not been allowed inside the exam centres.

This year, KEA has taken a new concrete step to help students save time and give their exams peacefully. OMR sheets with pre-entered details such as the name, hall ticket number, and version code of the question paper will be given to the students. Also Read - AICTE Extends Last Date for Engineering Admissions 2020 Till December 31, Details Here