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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The P.A. Mohammed Admission Supervisory Committee for Professional Degree Courses on Sunday conducted entrance test for admission to the 97 unfilled management quota seats in 10 colleges under the Kerala Private Medical College Management Association. As many as 720 candidates wrote the test.
Even though the test was officially notified by the committee, it was the office of the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations which organised the examination. While 765 candidates had submitted applications for the test, 45 students were absent. The three-hour test had 100 multiple-choice questions with no negative marks for wrong answers. There were 25 questions each from physics, chemistry, botany and zoology. The restricted number of questions meant, in essence, that the question paper could not mirror the range of questions that appeared for the common entrance test conducted by the CEE. In that examination, there were 120 questions a subject.
Results of the test will be published on October 13 and the allotment will be made on October 15. According to officials, a final decision on the mode of payment of fee for these seats is yet to be made. To qualify in this test, a candidate will have to score 50 per cent marks. Candidates eligible for relaxation in marks—40 per cent for SEBC, SC/ST categories and 45 per cent for physically-disabled candidates—should produce the community/disability certificate at the time of allotment.
Such a test had to be conducted because the High Court of Kerala had declared void the entrance examination for the management quota conducted by the association on May 30, 2010. The Supreme Court, while refusing to stay this verdict dated August 2, 2010, had directed the association to fill up the management quota (35 per cent of seats in each college) from the rank list published by the CEE.
Even after this process, 97 seats had remained vacant in 10 colleges. It was then that the apex court agreed to a proposal to conduct a separate entrance examination to fill these seats.
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