Karnataka CET 2019 clashes with state poll date, may be put off

BENGALURU/MYSURU: The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) is likely to postpone Common Entrance Test (CET) 2019, which is set to kick off on April 23, as the date coincides with the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state.
KEA executive director Girish R on Sunday said discussions and deliberations will be held with the PU board director over the next few days to examine the issue. “During elections, most of the staff would be engaged in election duty. There is also the issue of non-availability of examination rooms during election time. We will meet the PU director and other officials, discuss the issue and then take a call on whether to postpone CET,” Girish said. “If at all, it’ll be postponed by only two or three days,” he added.

CET is the gateway for entry to engineering, pharmacy and other professional courses in the state. Sanjiv Kumar, chief electoral officer (CEO) for Karnataka, said the clash of dates might not have come to the notice of the Election Commission of India (ECI). “The same will be brought to the ECI’s notice. The KEA might itself take a call to postpone the exams,” he added.
Special commissioner (elections) Manoj Kumar Meena said if CET is scheduled on April 23, then the examination board will have to reschedule it. On Sunday, the ECI announced that Karnataka will vote in two phases – in phase 2 on April 18 and phase 3 on April 23. As per the timetable published by KEA, biology and mathematics papers of CET are scheduled to be held from 10:30am on April 23, while physics and chemistry papers are scheduled to be held on April 24. Kannada language test (only in Bengaluru) is slated for April 25. The JEE Main examination, organised by the National Testing Agency, is also slated to be held between April 7 (Sunday) and April 20.