Mumbai: The centralised admission process (CAP) for first year of BE and BTech courses in Maharashtra for the academic year 2020-21 have finally begun, almost five months later than last year’s schedule.
The engineering aspirants can register themselves for admissions and upload their documents online on the CET Cell website from December 9 to 15, according to a notice issued by the State Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell. The admission process will extend till January with the academic year slated to start on January 4.
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.
According to the CET Cell, if there’s no error found in the ‘e-scrutiny’, the candidates will get a receipt-cum-acknowledgement in their accounts. If the authorities find any error in the application form or documents, they will intimate the candidates about the details of the errors and send their applications back to the account. The candidates will get to edit their forms from December 9 to 15 and re-submit it for e-scrutiny.
Download: Admission Procedure in view of Covid-19
As reported earlier by MahaScholar.com, instead of the usual three rounds, only two rounds of admissions will be conducted this year. The Cell will carry out the first round of admissions between December 21 and 29, while the second round will extend from December 30 to January 7.
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.