Pune: All eyes are now on the optional Common Entrance Test (CET), which decides on admission to Class XI (Junior College in the first year).
Dinkar Patil, chairman of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE), said the exam is expected to be held on August 21. The Class X results were announced on Friday.
“While the CET exam is to be held in offline format, the online application process will start on Monday. The country has already announced that the exam will be done according to the board’s curriculum. We will publish a detailed notification next week about the main topics covered in the exam. The exam is free for students who have registered for the State Commission Examination 2020-21. However, students from other boards would have to pay an exam fee of Rs178 to appear for CET, ”said Patil.
The decision to take a CET was made after the state board decided to cancel the class X exam for the 2020-21 academic year.
The single-question paper exam, based on Optical Mark Recognition (OMR), takes two hours. Based on the State Board syllabus, 100 questions of 25 points each in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies are asked.
Patil said that a link will be made available on the MSBSHSE website that will direct students to another online portal. “The State Board students are asked for their exam number and as soon as they have submitted the data, a window opens with all their details. The students are asked if they would like to take the optional advanced training exam. Whichever option the student chooses, we receive the data directly. A separate guide will be issued shortly for the non-state board students, ”said Patil.
During the general grade XI admission process, junior colleges give priority to students who have achieved good scores in CET. This means that in the first phase of the admission process for Class XI students who have attended CET, priority will be given to admission based on performance. Thereafter, students who have not opted for CET will be admitted based on their class X grades.
Seema Purohit, Rector of Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC), advised students wishing to study at top colleges to apply for CET. “In most of the renowned universities, the places are filled within the first two rounds. Therefore, basing expectations on high grade X grades is not helpful. I think all students have to show up for CET, ”said Purohit.
However, Rajendra Zunjarrao, director of the Modern College of Arts Science and Commerce, said the state ministry of education must make all decisions in a timely manner.
“The recording process should not be delayed and the results should be displayed in good time. The central admission procedure should be carried out in a fixed schedule so that at least the next academic year can start on time. There should be several teams working with others to make sure everything happens within the time limit, ”he said.
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