Bengaluru, Aug 21 (IANS) As many as 1.53 lakh students have cleared the Karnataka Common Entrance Test (KCET) to become eligible for admissions in engineering and technology courses across the state, an official said on Friday.
M Rakshit from Bengaluru topped the engineering stream, AB Varun Gowda secured the first rank in the BSc Agriculture stream while P Sai Vivek stood first in the pharmacy discipline.
“As per the merit lists for different courses, 1.53 lakh candidates are eligible for engineering and technology courses, 1.27 lakh for agricultural and 1.29 lakh candidates for veterinary courses,” said the official.
Similarly, 1.29 lakh candidates have become eligible for naturopathy and yoga courses and another 1.55 lakh students for B Pharma and D Pharma courses.
KCET 2020 was held in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, requiring the organisers to take extra precautionary measures, including physical distancing and sanitisation.
It was held on July 30 and 31 at 497 examination centres across the state, with only 1.75 lakh candidates of the 1.94 lakh applicants appearing.
Among the examinees were 63 students infected with coronavirus, for whom separate examination centres were set up at Covid Care Centres under the supervision of medical professionals.
Likewise, the examination for students suffering from symptoms such as fever and cough was also conducted in separate rooms.