Karnataka State Eligibility Test (KSET), the test for ensuring candidates’ eligibility to Assistant Professor and Lectureship posts in government universities/colleges, will be conducted on December 11 this year. The University of Mysore having conducted the test in past years, is also conducting this KSET and will do so for 3 more years as UGC had notified earlier this year.
While on one hand, Karnataka state has conducted State Eligibility Test each year which many Indian states have failed to do and are still struggling, on the other hand, the number of candidates registering to take the exam is diminishing each passing year. For KSET 2016, the nodal KSET centre, University of Mysore has approved the candidature of around 66 thousand aspirants who will be appearing for the test on December 11. That’s a decline of nearly 20% from last year. In 2015, a total of 82.4 thousand candidates had register for KSET and only 65.8 thousand had appeared. In 2014, 97.8 thousand had registered and the exam was taken by 81.7 thousand aspirants. Out of them, only 3,338 had qualified in 2015 and 4,156 in 2014. Suffice to say, with each passing year the test is losing appeal to the aspirants.
University of Mysore official told TOI that the reason for decline in number of candidates is due to more strict rules being laid out by the nodal centre in the exam process. For instance, the candidates who have already earned the ‘eligibility certificate’ by appearing in previous KSET exams, will not be allowed to sit for 2016 exam. The applications of such 1000 candidates have been rejected. The method was practiced by many candidates to secure a better percentage in the exam to have better chances for the recruitment processes. However, these candidates who have already passed KSET in past years can take the test in some other subject.
UoM registrar prof R Rajanna has also cited the reason to avoid malpractice and cheating in the exam.
As for now, KSET is conducted in 39 subjects, short of NET exam (84 subjects)-which is a national level eligibility test for the same professional segment. The exam will be conducted at 11 nodal centres of KSET.
KSET nodal centre had issued the admit cards to candidates in November and has now availed the facility to search for their test centres via it’s website (https://kset.uni-mysore.ac.in/) to candidates.
The test consists of three papers and of two sessions on the same day. Paper I and paper II will be held in first session and will have 200 marks and 2:30 hours test duration. Paper III will be held in the afternoon session. It will be for 150 marks and time duration will be same as first session. The scheme of the examination can be checked at the website of KSET. There will be no negative marking in the exam.