Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell will seek the opinion of students, parents and experts about conducting its entrance test for undergraduate engineering, pharmacy and agriculture courses online for the next academic year 2020-21.
Until last year, the test was held using the traditional pen-and-paper method, but the state for the first time conducted it online this year. While the state plans to hold the exam online this year as well, it has decided to seek inputs from the stakeholders before moving forward.
Last week, the CET Cell issued a notice, announcing that the test is proposed to be conducted in the second and third weeks of May next year, over a period of 16 to 20 days. According to the notice, like last year, the test will likely be held in multiple shifts for both physics-chemistry-mathematics (PCM) and physics-chemistry-biology (PCB) groups. However, the cell will consider the dates of other tests and university examinations before finalising its schedule.
The cell has also planned to conduct an online survey in November among students, parents and experts on its portal mahacet.org. “The questionnaire for the survey will be released on November 1,” said Anand Rayate, commissioner, CET Cell.This year, MHT-CET was held over a 12-day period between May 2 and 13 in two shifts – morning and afternoon. Until now, the exam was held offline on a common day and time across the state.
As many as 4.13 lakh candidates had registered for the online test, of which 3.92 lakh or 94.94% of students actually took the test. The number of candidates was a bit higher – 4.36 lakh registrations and 4.19 lakh actual attendance – last year, when the exam was held offline.