Maharashtra: Offline CET for FYJC could be held on August 21

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The Maharashtra state education board will release forms for the Common Entrance Test (CET) for Class 11, or first year junior college (FYJC), on July 19 for those students who wish to take part in the entrance exam.

Dinkar Patil, chairman of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) confirmed that the CET will take place by August 21. While the CET itself is not mandatory for any student and all students who have passed Class 10 have been assured of a FYJC seat by the Maharashtra education board, first priority in admissions would be given to candidates who have appeared for the CET.

“On Monday, we will open up registrations for the CET. Students can log in to the board website where a link will be made available. Once students enter their roll numbers, they will get an option to indicate Yes or No, asking them if they want to take the CET or not. There would be separate instructions for students of other academic boards like CBSE or ICSE. Once students have indicated their preference, they will get an option to go to the payment gateway and pay the entrance exam fees. It is free for state board students while non-state board students will have to pay the entrance fees as decided by government,” said Patil.

The syllabus for the CET will be based on the SSC syllabus. “By next week, we will release the subject and chapter-wise details based on which the tests will be conducted,” said Patil.

Students of non-SSC board students will have to pay around Rs 170 to register for the CET.

The syllabus for the CET will be based on the SSC syllabus. “By next week, we will release the subject and chapter-wise details, based on which the tests will be conducted,” said Patil.

Since board exams for Class X have been cancelled across boards and final results have been calculated through internal assessments done by schools, the Maharashtra school education department has announced a CET for admissions to Class 11, to ensure uniformity and to give equal opportunity to all students.

Until last year, admissions to FYJC used to take place at the college level, based on Class 10 marks except in six areas – Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporations, and municipal corporation areas of Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad and Amravati – where a centralised online admission process was conducted based on Class 10 merit and the student’s college preference.

Students who have taken the CET will be given priority in all junior colleges, based on merit in the CET. The FYJC admissions will take place in phases and in the first phase, students who have appeared for the CET, irrespective of board, will get admission as per merit. After their admission, students who had not opted for CET will be given admissions based on Class 10 merit.

The CET will be held offline and students will have to go to designated exam centres to appear for the test. It will be a 100-mark multiple-choice question format exam, based on the Class X, SSC syllabus. The duration would be two hours.


How will the CET be held?

The Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) based question paper will have questions from four subjects, i.e. English, Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences subjects, with each subject carrying 25 per cent weightage of marks.

A six-member committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Maharashtra Education Commissioner Vishal Solanki to finalise the dates and further details of the entrance exam.