Mumbai: Maharashtra Stata Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell has postponed the last date to apply for admission to undergraduate (UG) and post-graduate (PG) engineering courses (BE, BTech, ME and MTech) for 2020-21 by a week.
According to a notice issued by the Cell on December 14, the new deadline for BE/Tech is December 22, while ME/MTech candidates can apply till December 24. The previous last date for these courses was December 15 and 17, respectively.
A CET Cell official told us that the additional time has been given at the request of parents and students. “Many students couldn’t complete the registrations as they haven’t received their final year results from colleges due to restrictions on traveling by trains,” he said.
The Cell, so far, hasn’t issued the entire revised timetable, though the notice said that it will be out on the CET Cell website in two to three days.
Unlike last year, the documents will be scrutinised digitally and the students will no longer have to visit for the verification of documents and confirmation of their application. This is to ensure social distancing and avoid crowding at the scrutiny centres.
As reported earlier by MahaScholar.com, instead of the usual three rounds, only two rounds of admissions will be conducted this year.
While the CET for BE/BTech was initially scheduled in April, it was postponed to October due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The process was further delayed as the state government stopped all the admissions after the Supreme Court put a stay on the state’s 12% Socially and Educationally Backward Castes (SEBC) reservation for the Maratha community. The government has now allowed resuming admissions without Maratha quota.
According to the CET Cell’s information brochure for admission to undergraduate (UG) technical courses, the state has, however, provided a 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students.
But instead of carving out an EWS quota in existing seats, the Cell has decided that the 10% reserved seats will be over and above the sanctioned intake for the respective courses. The caste-based reservation has been capped at 50% for the regular seats.