The University of Mysore issued a public notice on April 21, 2021, announcing the postponement of the Karnataka State Eligibility Test (KSET) 2021. The state-level eligibility test for Assistant Professorship was previously scheduled for April 25, 2021. However, the exam has been postponed to a later date. The notice further stated that a new date for the examination shall be announced later. Admit cards for the exam shall be released after the announcement of the new examination date. University authorities took the decision of postponement due to rising COVID-19 cases in the state.
KSET is a state-level eligibility test conducted every year to provide eligibility for the job of assistant professors in various colleges located in Karnataka. This year, the examination was scheduled on Sunday, April 25, 2021. By qualifying KSET 2021 examination, candidates would be eligible to apply for the assistant professor post. However, amid the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state, the exam has been postponed to a later date.
As per the reports, Bengaluru city currently contains more than 1 lakh active COVID-19 cases. A total of 5,931 bed were allocated specifically towards the management of COVID-19. From the total beds, only 1,350 beds were available for covid patients. Out of which, 1062 were general beds and 256 were reserved for High-Dependency Beds (HDBs).
Considering the circumstances, KSET 2021 shall be conducted only when the COVID-19 situation stabilises in the state. The eligibility test comprises of two papers. Both papers contain objective-type multiple-choice questions (MCQs).
Paper I shall comprise of 50 objective-type questions which are all compulsory. Each question shall be allotted 2 marks. The questions will be based on research aptitude and general teaching
The second paper shall contain a total of 100 objective-type questions with each question being allotted 2 marks. The questions shall be specific to the subject chosen by the candidate. Candidates have to mark their answers for both papers on the Optical Marks Reader (OMR) sheet provided inside the test booklet.
To pass and qualify for the KSET 2021 examination, candidates must acquire a minimum of 40 per cent aggregate marks in paper I and paper II. However, for reserved categories, the passing percentage has been reduced to 35 percent, both papers included.
KSET 2021 was originally scheduled for April 11, 2021. Then it was postponed to April 25, 2021, and has now been further postponed. According to the information provided by the university, KSET 2021 shall be conducted in 41 subjects at a total of 11 nodal centres across the state of Karnataka. The new date for the examination is expected to come out soon. Authorities advised candidates to visit the official website kset.uni-mysore.ac.in, frequently to get their queries resolved.