Saturday, June 17, 2006

Want to become an Engineer? Write Kerala Entrance Exam

Just 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.


Hope at least this won’t happen.

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Blogger Vijay Ramamurthi said...

i dont know shall forward the question to the appropriate dept in govt..since they are the biggest beggars :D

June 17, 2006 1:18 AM  
Blogger കേരളഫാർമർ/keralafarmer said...

ആവശ്യത്തിലധികം എഞ്ചിനീയർമാരും ഡോക്ടേഴ്‌സും വേണമെന്ന്‌ കരുതിയാണല്ലോ വാരിക്കോരി കോളേജുകൾ അനുവദിച്ചതും കോഴകൊടുത്ത്‌ പഠിക്കുവാൻ അവസരമൊരുക്കിയതും. ഇപ്പോൾത്തന്നെ തൊഴിൽ ചെയ്യുവാൻ ആളില്ലാത്ത അവസ്ഥയാണ്‌. യുവതലമുറയെ മടിയന്മാരും അത്യാഗ്രഹികളും ആയി മാറ്റുന്നതിലൂടെ നാളെ തെരുവുഗുണ്ടകളും മോഷ്ടാക്കളൂം ആകുവാൻ ഇവർക്ക്‌ ധാരാളം അവസരങ്ങൾ ലഭിക്കും. കാരണം എല്ലാ കാര്യങ്ങളിലും ഇവർ സാധാരണക്കാരെക്കാൾ ബുദ്ധിയും കഴിവും ഉള്ളവരായിരിക്കും. ഡോക്ടറും എഞ്ചിനീയറും കൈകോർത്താൽ ഏത്‌ ബാങ്കും ഏത്‌ സമയത്തും കൊള്ളയടിക്കാം. ഒരു സമർത്ഥനായ എങ്ങിനീയർക്ക്‌ ബാങ്കിന്റെ സേഫ്‌ റൂമിലെത്താൻ വഴി പറഞ്ഞുകൊടുക്കേണ്ട ആവശ്യമില്ലല്ലോ. തോക്കെടുക്കാതെയും വെടിവെയ്ക്കാതെയും ഓു ഡോക്ടർക്ക്‌ പലതും ചെയ്യാൻ കഴിഞ്ഞെന്ന്‌ വരും. ഇവർക്ക്‌ പഠിക്കാൻ ഒരു സിനിമയുടെയും സഹായം വേണ്ടിവരില്ല. കാണാൻ പോണ പൂരം എന്തിനാ പർഞ്ഞ്‌ കേൾക്കണത്‌.
കേരളത്തിൽ വളരുന്ന സ്വർണക്കടകളുടെയും സ്വകാര്യ ആശുപത്രികളുടെയും കണക്കൊന്നെടുക്കാമോ കൂടെ വർധിച്ചുവരുന്ന രോഗങ്ങളുടെയും രോഗികളുടെയും എണ്ണവും. അതിനാൽ ഭയപ്പെടാനൊന്നുമില്ല പകർച്ചവ്യാധികളും മാറാ രോഗങ്ങളും ഐഡ്‌സ്‌, ദെങ്കി, ആന്ത്രാക്സ്‌ തുടങ്ങി പലപല പേരുകളും നമുക്ക്‌ കേൾക്കാം. ഇപ്പോഴേ കുടിവെള്ളം പലയിടത്തും ഇല്ല അതുതന്നെ നാശത്തിന്റെ ഒരു സൂചനയല്ലെ?

June 17, 2006 2:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

36000 rank getting into applid electronics ? may be the candidazte is SC/ ST or OBC .Why dont u write a blog against the poison killer "reservations for OBC"????

June 17, 2006 2:45 AM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

vijay-u become so powerful even to forward this question to appropriate dept in govt?
anon1-36000 was from general merit to payment seat.

June 17, 2006 4:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Entherappee ninte prashnam?? Pillerude agrahamalledei. Engineer aavatte.

Its Ok as long as the s/w industry and IT enabled services can absorb most of them.. After that the scenario will be pretty much like you mentioned..

Pinne nee enthaa, oru engineer oodikkunna auto-il kerilledei?? Oru Mr.Beggar, B.Tech beg cheythaal nee alms kodukkiley??

Its Ok as long as they do something.. some kind of job. Thozhillayme vethanam chodiche konde government-nte aduthe chellathirunnal mathi..

Sorry I wrote in manglish.. I don't want to change it now.. Will write in English from next time.. And Brijesh, if you want you may translate to English..

-- anon2

June 17, 2006 4:57 AM  
Blogger silverine said...

The after effects of this will be long lasting and long reaching. No one will employ Kerala Engg students or will offer lower salary scales to them.

The consequences can be devastating like it is for Karnataka Biotech students. Biotech companies here prefer students from colleges of TN and Maharashtra because of the good coaching and course content in these States.

India was the preferred destination for thousands of Arab students at one time. Then the fake certficate racket made sure that even genuine foreign students studying in India were rejected for jobs abroad and in their home country. The govt did nothing about it and now these foreign students prefer to go elsewhere for higher studies.
Sad state of affairs indeed.

June 17, 2006 7:25 AM  
Anonymous chandni said...

I had no idea. Thanks Brijesh for the informative post!!

But its is suicidal, this trend!!!

What is the govt doing?

June 17, 2006 5:22 PM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

Silverine-As anon2 wrote, now the software industry has capacity to absorb majority of these engineers. So it wont be a problem for now. This trend wont last for a long time. At that time we are in for a big problem. Those who study in the top ten engineering colleges in Kerala will only be getting jobs.
Chandni-In 20oo there were around 10 engineering colleges in Kerala. Now we have about 80. Government only approved it. Governement is very much part of making all malayalis an engineer.

June 17, 2006 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eventhou there was very few seats in kerala state in 10 years before, the number of keralite engineers coming out from the rest of the world ie., from thamil nadu, banglore even from russia , china were many times more. But now most of them don't want to go to other places as they find it comfortable to study in kerala itself. this was the situation for MBBS also. i know many doctors who has graduated from russia and practising in kerala becouse there were less oppertunities to study in kerala then.
even if there is no much job for them i prefer to see our country is having highly eduacated people that will really make a big difference of the status of the country.
it is not necessorily be more engineering colleges but we have to have more diversified institutions.

June 18, 2006 3:00 PM  
Blogger Babin said...

I am pretty happy with this situation. This is the best thing happened to kerala during the last few years..
I am sure if tech industry died down and some other sizzling job field emerges in the future, the private education sector will be on top of it as well. The great thing about private education is that it can be amazingly flexible according to the demand from students..

June 18, 2006 9:24 PM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

anon3-Yes we need more engineering colleges. But now the trend is that we have engineering colleges more than what we need. the result is that about 2500 seats are vacant for engineering last year. Also colleges having science degrees are slowly closing because there is no students. Thus there is no diversity.

June 18, 2006 9:26 PM  
Blogger verbaltorture said...

Well. I'm not sure if this is an alarming trend at all !

Over the evolution of mankind, new jobs have been discovered and been in much demand soon after its discovery. It started from the invention of the wheel, and everyone wanted a horse carriage and a driver.Things have certainly looked up since. Centuries later we talk about IT, bio-tech, BPO and offshoring. Currently this is the trend.

When any field is high-paying and held in high esteem, it is normal for every human being (esp in a highly competitive country like India) to want it. And so long as it is an overall good to our economy, I don't see a problem with it. But then, I agree with you that like all good things, this will also pass.

What then? I don't believe that people will still want to be enggrs at that time. Something better and more lucrative will be discovered then, and longed for. Then being an enggr will not be a 'cool' thing to do, and parents will not encourage their kids to become enggrs.

Being as uncertain as we are about the future, I guess there is a limit to the guessing we can all do. But I personally feel that the situation where auto drivers/beggars being enggrs may not happen. By then, there will be millions of people churned out in the latest trend at that time. And all the tutorials will be busy minting money that way.

We will just have to wait and watch!

June 19, 2006 5:42 AM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

Babin-We need more engineering colleges-No doubt about it. What is happening in Kerala is that nowadays there are no students for BSc in Maths or Physics or Chemisty. There should be a balance.
Verbal Torture- Now we wont see any drawbacks. if the economy slows down and job scenario changes somehting like this can happen.Let us wait and see

June 20, 2006 8:17 PM  
Blogger Babin said...

True, only a few opts for science degrees these days. as a matter of fact, i hardly know anyone from my school batch who went for 'normal' science degree after sslc.
The reason why people don't go for these subjects is a harsh reality.
Even the top rank holders of Msc for Math and sciences are unemployed.. SO, why should an average student waste his education with a liberal arts subject??

June 22, 2006 2:36 AM  
Anonymous chandni said...

but surely the residents of the State have some will?

June 24, 2006 11:51 PM  
Blogger mathew said...

really sad story man..entrance exams have become a farce!!!

July 07, 2006 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am bit late into the discussion, but this is a wonderful thing !! You made my day :-D

Anybody who wants to pursue an engineering degree can do so in Kerala. Great !

The only thing to ensure now is that people who graduate meet certain minimum standards. Since you are in Tempe, I assume that you are at ASU. I studied there too 2003-2005. I hope you know that almost 30% of all freshmen drop out of ASU in their freshman year, cause they cant keep up with the studies/other reasons. So I think overall, Kerala has a bright future ahead. All this human capital will not go to waste.

July 25, 2006 3:22 AM  
Blogger VM said...

The standard of Entrance test has definitely come down.If the question setter is careful enough, the standard can be improved without going for 'out of syllabus' topics.
-VM (

August 06, 2006 5:23 PM  
Blogger AJITH said...

entrance exam standards had come down long time back..Even in yr - 2000, when i gave the paper , the physics + chemistry section was a cakewalk..Though the maths section had good standard then.

October 04, 2006 6:37 AM  

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