The higher and technical education department, Government of Maharashtra, is planning for a single Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to medical and engineering colleges across the state. Last year, the government decided to have a single entrance test so that students do not have to appear for multiple tests, thereby reducing the stress and anxiety suffered by them.
Simultaneously, the department is also working on preparing the format of the Common Entrance Test for admission to law colleges from the academic session 2016-17.
In 2015, the state had gone back to the MH CET format for admission to medical colleges. Similarly, the state had accepted the scores of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for admission to engineering colleges. But the state received representations from various quarters complaining of multiple exams putting a strain on the students. Keeping in view the demand, a single CET was planned for admission to medical and engineering colleges across the state.
Dr Shailendra Deolankar, joint director higher education confirmed that work on preparing the format of both the single CET for admission to medical and engineering colleges as well as that of law was going on in full swing. The formats would be ready shortly.
Under the single CET format, the physics and chemistry papers will remain common while those students aspiring to secure admission in medical colleges will have to opt for Biology as the third paper while those looking for admission to engineering colleges will have to opt for Mathematics.
For admission to law colleges, the committee is working on the format for both the three and five year courses. Dr Deolankar said that once the formats were ready, the state would decide on the bodies that would be entrusted with conducting the CETs.
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