Plus-One admission: No merit seats for those who opted for management quota

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Palakkad: The Kerala Department of Higher Secondary Education has instructed that Plus-One course applicants who joined the non-merit seats are barred from joining the merit seats.

Several applicants who got admission for Plus-One courses in the management quota couldn’t join the merit seats despite being allotted seats in the third allotment. This was due to the specific guidelines of the single window admission system being followed for higher secondary admissions.

Even though applicants who had joined the community seats too weren’t allowed to take up the merit seats, the instruction in this regard was withdrawn by Tuesday evening.

Predicament of applicants

After the second round of allotment 11,703 applicants got admission in the community quota and 1,184 students secured admission in the management seats. The applicants were under the impression that they could give up these seats to join the merit seats if they are included in the third allotment. They realized that they aren’t eligible for the merit seats only after getting the Transfer Certificate from the current school and reaching the new school for admission.

In a circular published on 16 August by the higher secondary joint director, it is clearly mentioned that the students who had joined the merit seats, sports quota, management quota and unaided community seats should be given TC whenever demanded. This circular hasn’t been withdrawn yet. Meanwhile, the students who joined the management seats and are included in the third allotment are able to download the allotment slip.

Earlier allotment process
In the previous years, there were only two allotments in the main allotment stage. Admission to the management seats too were allowed alongside the second allotment. This year, despite the number of allotments being raised to three, allowing admission to the management seats after the second allotment has created the confusion.

Meanwhile, applicants who are included in the third allotment should secure admission before Tuesday evening.

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