Despite the increasing COVID-19 cases, over 5.24 lakh students will appear for the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET 2020), announced state higher education minister Uday Samant on Tuesday.
These exams will be conducted on July 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 28, 29, 30 and 31 and, for those students who cannot appear on these days can attempt the re-exam on August 3, 4 and 5, 2020. On Tuesday, Samant interacted with students via Facebook live stating,
The MHT-CET is a competitive entrance exam for admissions to engineering, medical and dental courses.
The exam will be conducted maintaining physical distancing norms and precautionary measures against the coronavirus. Students who are unable to travel to their exam centers will be provided transport services as these exams will be conducted at the taluka level instead of the district.
Samant said, "Students who cannot: travel to exam centers due to lockdown restrictions will be provided with transport services. Students who had opted for exam centers in other districts will be allowed to change and opt for nearby centers. The exams will be conducted at the taluka level instead of district level."
Students claim they are glad the exam is not cancelled as they have been preparing for this exam for the last two years. Pramod Gaikwad, a Class 12 student, said, "I have been studying for this MCQ based entrance test for the last two years of my junior college."
Manali Gupta, another student stated, "I have paid exorbitant fees of Rs 2 lakh to private tutorials to score well in CET. I am waiting to appear for this exam as it is the only gateway that decides our seat for higher education."
Usually, this annual MHT-CET is conducted in April or May. But this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the test has been postponed to July. The exam will be conducted in two groups Physics Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) and Biology (PCB) subjects separately. Students can check their timetable at www.mahacet.org.