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CET 2012 to undergo major overhaul

A series of changes have been introduced to the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (CET), the entrance exam for post-graduate management courses, which will be applicable to students taking the exam in 2012.

mumbai Updated: Dec 30, 2011 02:06 IST
Bhavya Dore

A series of changes have been introduced to the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (CET), the entrance exam for post-graduate management courses, which will be applicable to students taking the exam in 2012.

The CET, which will be held on March 11, 2012, would be the last CET conducted by the state, following the introduction of the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT).

On Wednesday, the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), which conducts the CET, issued a notification postponing the exam date from February 26 to March 11 to avoid a clash with the CMAT, which will be held between February 20-28, 2012.

Students who clear the CET will have three rounds of admission, instead of four. The admission process will be shortened with the aim of beginning the academic year by July end instead of mid-August.

"We are trying to reduce the time consumed by the admission process so that students can begin the academic year sooner," said SK Mahajan, director, DTE.

The DTE will also offer students more college options during next year's admissions. Students will be able to list 30 college options instead of 20 in the first round of admissions.

For the second round, students will be able to list 50 college options instead of 35 as earlier. Further, a student would be eligible for the second round of admissions if he/she does not secure any of their top three preferred colleges in round one.

Hitherto, students were eligible for the second round only if they failed to make it to any of their top five preferred colleges. "We wanted to give students more opportunities," said Mahajan.

The brochure detailing all these changes and other information regarding the CET will be available in the months before the exam. Dates for the opening and closing of applications will be announced in due course by the DTE.

Last year 90,000 students appeared for the CET, competing for a total of 35,600 seats in 372 institutes. In March, the Supreme Court had ruled in an interim order that the All India Council for Technical Education could conduct the CMAT, which would replace various state CETs.