Thousands of students from across India will now be spared the trouble of travelling to Bengaluru to take ComedK’s post-graduate medical entrance tests.
For, the Consortium of Medical Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (ComedK) will conduct the test online for the next academic year.
The PGET for medical courses is scheduled to be held on January 17, 2016, and applications will be issued from November 10, 2015.
Candidates will be provided with mock tests from November 20, 2015 to January 15, 2016 since the test is going online for the first time. “Aspirants need to get used to it. Hence, we have decided to give them a mock test,” said
A S Srikanth, chief executive of ComedK.
ComedK had been trying to shift to the online mode for the last two years, but had to defer the move due to member institutions’ reluctance. “This year, all our member institutions have agreed to go online. The move follows a demand from candidates and parents,” explained Srikanth.
ComedK conducts entrance tests for both undergraduate and post-graduate courses at the national level. The decision to switch to the online mode for undergraduate (UGET) courses will be taken after completion of the PGET.
With the test going online, ComedK expects a 25% spurt in the number of applications.
“For PG courses, we used to get around 19,000 applications from across the nation and we are expecting 25 per cent more applications this time. With the offline mode, candidates had to travel all the way to Karnataka from other states. This will end now,” said Srikanth.
The PGET will be held in 65 cities across the country simultaneously and the question paper will be transferred to the test centres half an hour before the exam.
Each centre will have 50 students and in case the number of students crosses 50, then they will be allotted other centres. Of the 65 cities, nine will be in Karnataka including Kalaburagi, Mangaluru, Mysuru and Bengaluru.
The project has been assigned to TCS. “We chose TCS through a tender. TCS has experience in conducting online exams for many institutions across the nation,” Srikanth said.
Students have welcomed ComedK’s move. “I am from North India and when I attempted ComedK in 2014, it was offline and I had to come all the way here and stay for a week to take my test. The online mode will really help students from other states,” said Nabanipa, an MBBS student at a city medical college.
“Since it is a test conducted by a prestigious organisation involving top colleges of Karnataka, we cannot miss it. But we had to travel all the way to Karnataka. The day I arrived in Bengaluru to take the PGET last year, I was surprised to see thousands of students at the railway station. ComedK’s move is student friendly,” said Deepali, another student.