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Rise in SET success rate

Around 6.3 per cent candidates have cracked the state eligibility test (SET) conducted by the college service commission, the results of which were announced on Wednesday.

The success rate — 6.29 — has gone up since last time. In 2012, only 274 candidates — 2.62 per cent — had qualified.

Commission chairman Siddhartha Majumdar attributed the rise in the percentage of successful candidates to the introduction of objective questions in the third paper.

“Till the last time the third paper comprised subjective questions. (The first and second papers have always been objective). This year, multiple-choice questions were set in the third paper. The change led to the marginal jump in the success rate,” said Majumdar.

Despite the rise in success rate, the performance in the science subjects and English has been poor like on previous occasions, said a commission official.

The success rate in English is 0.57 per cent, and in physical science and mathematics, 0.66 and 2.25 per cent, respectively.

A commission official admitted they would find it difficult to fill up all the vacancies because of the dismal performance in these subjects.

“The pass percentage in English and the science papers has come down though more candidates wrote the test this time than in 2012,” said the official.

A commission member expressed shock over the results, saying candidates with good marks at the graduation and the master’s levels are faltering at the SET.

“This raises a bigger question. We have to find out whether the success at the college and university exams is the outcome of notes and suggestion-based study. Once the students are asked to answer slight critical questions at exams like SET, their weakness is exposed,” said the member.

The examination was held on December 15, 2013, in 23 subjects.