Want to become an Engineer? Write Kerala Entrance ExamJust glance through these facts:
- Every student who gets 10 or more marks out of possible 960 marks gets to the engineering entrance rank list.
- During last year the last rank that was published by the engineering entrance commission was 36,940. The guy who secured 36,932 rank got admission for applied electronics (15 years back you need a rank of less than 100 to get into applied electronics in Kerala).
- About 2500 seats in private engineering colleges remained vacant last year since the supply (seats) was more than demand (eligible students).
- Earlier you needed 50% marks for Maths and 50% marks for Physics and Chemistry combined together to be eligible for writing entrance. From this year that rule has be taken off so that more students can write entrance and less seats remain empty.
Private engineering college management wants everyone who appears for the engineering entrance to have ranks so that they don’t have to keep any seat vacant. This means those who get negative marks will also get through.
There was a time when Kerala Engineering Entrance had a great standard. The first rank used to go to someone who scored about 50% of the total mark. One has to have a good knowledge of the subjects to get a good rank. The fact that there were less than 10 engineering colleges made Kerala engineering entrance exam one of the toughest in India.
Now what is the state of Kerala entrance exam? Even if you get above 90% you are not sure of a good rank in Kerala entrance. The standard of questions has come down so low that you don’t have to have any understanding of the subject to get a good rank. I was shocked to see the question paper of Kerala engineering entrance for Physics. Almost all questions were the direction substitution of values to the formulas. One question I remember well is given initial velocity; final velocity and acceleration, find time. When we wrote engineering entrance (1993) we wouldn’t get a question like this at all.
Now if you need a good rank in Kerala engineering entrance you have to get trained in a professional coaching institute. The coaching classes know what type of questions will be asked; so they make students do hundreds of questions like those. When these students appear for entrance exam, they are able to recollect answers just by seeing the questions. I feel even a parrot if it attends these coaching classes regularly will get a good rank in Kerala engineering entrance. In short students who can afford good coaching even if they have nothing in their head make it to the top and kids from poor families who cannot afford coaching get low ranks.
Intent of this post is NOT to get into any of the controversies going on in Kerala regarding engineering entrance. Intent of this post is to take you 10 years into future when all graduates in Kerala will be an engineer.
Scene 1- Auto stands any where in Kerala:
Now in Kerala we see lot of graduates driving autos. Come 2016 and most of them will be engineering graduates. They will be cursing their engineering degree and driving autos.
Scene 2- Malayalam Film Director Rajasenan’s House
Hit filmmaker Rajasenan is writing a sequel for the super hit movie CID Unnikrishnan BA B.ED. The name of the movie - CID Unnikrishnan B.Tech.
Scene 3 – Railway station in Trivandrum
A father and his son waiting to board into a Chennai bound train. The reason- the boy just passed plus two with high marks and he wants to do bachelors in Maths. Since every one started joining for engineering all arts and science colleges are closed in Kerala and if you need to get a degree in arts or science you need to go to Tamil Nadu.
Scene 4- Any Government office in Kerala
All the peons, clerks, and typist who joined that office in the last 5 years have either an engineering degree or have attended engineering college. If their boss asks the peon engineer to buy a tea, his engineer ego is hurt badly but continues to work there because it is a Government job. Remember Mohanlal in movie Nadodikaatu.
Scene 5- An announcement through public address system attached to a car going through the length and breadth of a city in Kerala.
“Classes about to begin for 3rd semester engineering for colleges affiliated to Kerala University. Come and Join ‘New’ Tutorial. Regular and Suppli (slang for back papers) batches start tomorrow. Come and join New Tutorial and make your dream of becoming an engineer a reality. All classes in ‘New’ Tutorial handled by Engineers.” Following the principle of evolution all tutorial colleges in Kerala will be changed to tuition centers to coach the morons who get into engineering.
WILL THE NEXT GENERATION BEGGARS IN KERALA HAVE AN ENGINEERING DEGREE?
Hope at least this won’t happen.