Karnataka: Comed-K bars students with Covid, symptoms | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Unlike the Common Entrance Test 2020 where arrangements were made for Covid-19 examinees, the Comed-K Under Graduate Entrance Test 2020 to be held on August 19 will bar candidates who are infected or show Covid-like symptoms.

The guidelines say candidates whose temperature is above 99.1 degree F will not be allowed inside the venue. “Unlike CET which was held only at a state level, Comed-K is a national affair. It’s therefore not possible for us to permit students with symptoms or are positive to take the tests,” Dr S Kumar, executive secretary of ComedK, told TOI. “However, considering every street is turning into a containment zone, students from these places can take the tests as long as they do not have symptoms and have not tested positive.”
Exam in 2 sessions; only 50% of comps at centre to be used


The exam governs admissions to 20,000 seats in 190 unaided private engineering colleges in the state. Around 62,000 students are expected to take the test. The computer-based exam will be held in two sessions as only 50% of the computers in a centre will be used. The exam labs, including computer systems and chairs used by the students, will be sanitised after each session.
To prevent crowding at the gates, students will be given staggered entry slots of 15 minutes each.
No biometric check
The reporting time will be sent to them by SMS the day before the exam. Details of students will be checked either in Aarogya Setu app or the test admission ticket. There will be no biometric check, though: instead, a photo will be taken for which students will have to pull down their mask momentarily.
Examinees are allowed to carry gloves, pencils, hand sanitiser bottle (50ml) and a transparent water bottle besides exam-related documents.

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