A day before the final state Common Entrance Test (CET) for management institutes, Angel Shah, oozed confidence. Shah, 21, will appear for the exam on Sunday, in what is scheduled to be the final CET, following the introduction of the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT).
“I’m well prepared,” said Shah. “I think it will be tougher than the CMAT but I’m not nervous.” Shah is among 85,000-odd students across the state who have registered to appear for the exam. The figure has fallen from the 90,000 who appeared for the test in 2011.
Officials attribute the slide in number to the CMAT, which was launched this year as the single test to replace the separate business school entrance exams. This year, the All India Council for Technical Education-approved B-schools in Maharashtra will accept both CET and CMAT scores.
The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), which administers the CET, had earlier announced a slightly revised admission procedure this year.
Students who crack the CET will have three rounds of admission with the process being shortened to begin the academic year by the end of July. Usually colleges reopen in mid-August after four rounds of admission.
The DTE will also offer students more college options during each of the admission rounds. “We wanted to give students more opportunities,” SK Mahajan, DTE, had earlier said.