Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Government is likely to take a decision about increasing ther number of Plus One seats soon in order to accommodate the record number of students who cleared the qualifying Class-10 examinations.
Citing the number of vacant seats after the second allotment and the number of students who are yet to be allotted seats, the education department, in its detailed report to the Chief Minister, has highlighted the necessity of increasing the number of plus-one seats. In Malappuram district alone, more than 25,000 candidates haven’t received admission or allotment yet.
The government might consider options like temporarily allowing additional batches based on the number of students who are yet to get admission at the taluk level or increasing 5 seats each in every batch. The government might not prolong the decision as the opposition has been continuously raising this issue in the ongoing legislative assembly session.
The remaining seats
Around 37,545 merit based and sports quota seats would remain vacant when the admissions based on the second allotment get over. There would be 9,084 vacant seats in the management quota, while 6,475 seats would fall vacant in the community quota. The supplementary allotment to these seats would be published next week.
Meanwhile, 34,423 seats are vacant in the unaided schools across Kerala.
So far 3,06,930 out of 3,94,457 total seats have been filled after the two phases of allotments. There are a total of 4,25,730 applicants to the available plus-one seats. Even if candidates are admitted to the rest of the seats, around 31,273 applicants would be left out. The government might allot more seats as the number of applicants has gone up this year and a significant number of them haven’t received admission.