Thiruvananthapuram: As protest rages against the lapses in the conduct of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the commissioner of entrance examination that conducted KEAM (the state entrance examination for engineering and pharmacy courses) scrapped a total of 21 questions in the test held earlier this month. It’s the first time that the govt conducted KEAM exam as a computer-based test (CBT).
Of the engineering questions cancelled by the commissioner, eight were for the test held on June 9. The commissioner also cancelled three questions in the test held on June 5, two in the one held on June 6 and four each in the tests held on June 7 and 8.
Though such cancellations of questions (in the test held on a single day using OMR sheets till last year) had happened before, the total number of cancelled questions were comparatively less, said sources.
In a bid to avoid such large-scale mistakes in future, the office of the entrance commissioner is planning to thoroughly sanitize the question bank and also increase the number of questions.
“Ideally, there should be 20,000 to 25,000 questions in the question bank from which questions are chosen. Also, questions used in the bank need a thorough checking to ensure accuracy,” said sources in the govt. CBT was done using the software developed by C-DIT and questions were prepared by the commissioner in association with the education department.
The office of the entrance commissioner released the answer key on Thursday. The normalised score of students is expected to be published after CBSE shares the mark list of its students. Other boards have already shared the mark list of students. Once the mark list of all boards are available, candidates would be asked to confirm their marks in the candidate portal. Once the marks are crosschecked and confirmed, the rank list will be prepared.
Rank list is prepared considering the score obtained by candidates in the entrance test and the marks they got for maths, physics and chemistry in the qualifying exam.
The marks obtained by students from various boards would be subjected to a normalization process before preparing the list.

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