It’s official. Maharashtra will continue to conduct the common entrance test (CET) for admissions for pharmacy. The state will also conduct the test for admissions for undergraduate engineering courses for one more year, the authorities have said.
The state department for higher and technical education has in a circular stated that “first year pharmacy and engineering and admissions for the academic year 2013-14 will be done through the state CET. This will now be called MT-CET (Maharashtra Technical — Common Entrance Test) instead of MHT-CET (Maharashtra Health and Technical — Common Entrance Test, after the exclusion of medical admission from there.”
There was some confusion among students after the test for medical admissions was moved from the state level to the national level under the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) this year.
The CET will be conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) and not the Directorate of Medical Education and Research that was in charge till now.
S K Mahajan, director, DTE, said, “We are going to conduct the state CET this time. However there are no changes in the format, the biology component will be included in the test, as usual. This is retained especially to rank candidates for pharmacy admissions.”
In the case of undergraduate engineering courses also, the entrance exam will be conducted by the state for the academic year 2013-14. This decision has been taken following uncertainty among students over the pattern of the test by the Indian Institutes of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT JEE).
The state will join the IIT JEE format from the academic year 2014-15.