Bangalore: The Common Entrance Test (CET), 2014, commenced on Thursday, with 1,02,757 students writing the biology paper in the morning and 1,35,871 mathematics in the afternoon.
The total number of candidates who have enrolled for the CET this year is 1,40,461. Physics and Chemistry papers will be held on Friday.
Students who wrote the exam on Thursday said that with adequate preparation, the papers were fairly easy. Sanjay Abhishek S, a student at St Joseph’s Indian College who aspires to study mechanical engineering, felt that an average student could get anywhere between 25 and 35 marks in maths.
Pradhan CK, a student at Sri Sai Sathyanarayana College who also aims to pursue engineering, said he expected to score 40 in the paper.
Prof H S Mahadevaiah, a faculty member at BASE—a coaching institute in Bangalore—described mathematics as a well-balanced paper. “All questions were from the prescribed curriculum of the Department of Pre-University Education. It was a moderate question paper. A thoroughly prepared student can clear all the questions in the given time,” he said.
But Milind, vice president, Knowledge Management at Ace Creative Learning, another coaching centre, felt that the mathematics CET paper was of a higher standard as it did not follow the old pattern.
“An average student could score between 30 and 35,” he said.
In the biology paper, according to Hanumanthacharya, another faculty member at BASE, several topics pertaining to animal and human life had not been represented properly, and overall the difficulty level of the question paper was fairly high. But a well-prepared student can score between 40 and 50 marks, he opined.
Milind analysed it thus: “Overall, the paper was easy and we can expect good scores this year. About 37 questions were memory-based and easy, 21 questions quite moderate and only two questions were tricky but answerable.”