Bangalore: Owing to a major mistake in the Diploma Common Entrance Test (D-CET) question paper, on Sunday, the higher education department has scheduled a re-test on June 30, 2013. D-CET is to be conducted for diploma holder students seeking admission to professional undergraduate courses.
The D-CET had been criticized, after participated students complained that this year question paper was a complete repeat of last year's. They also alleged that only the sequence of questions had been changed by the paper setters.
Moreover, the mistakes in last year's question paper were repeated, said students. They also mentioned that the errors in last year's paper had resulted in awarding of 20 grace marks. On the issue, the higher education department has decided to organize an expert committee to scrutinize the matter.
D-CET is one of the most significant exams for those students who passed the diploma examination conducted by the Board of Technical Examinations or an equivalent examination in Karnataka, and are looking forward for admission into the second year of day and evening engineering degree courses.
As per sources, the test was taken by 21,159 students across 56 centers in the state. Out of total centers, 13 centers were in Bangalore. There are around 16,000 seats available in engineering colleges through lateral entry.
RV Deshpande, Higher Education Minister said, I request parents and students to cooperate. We regret the inconvenience caused. As per sources, there will be no separate fee for the new exam. The hall tickets will be available on the official website from Tuesday after 6 pm onwards.