Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Preparations for the Odisha Common PG Entrance Test (CPET-2020) have reached the final stages and the exam will be held at 26 centres from October 12.

This is for the first time that a single entrance examination is being held for admissions into various post-graduate (PG) courses in different universities and colleges across the State.

The Odisha Common PG Entrance Test (CPET-2020) is being held to help students who were earlier facing difficulties in appearing exams at different educational institutions which was also a costly affair as they had to pay fees for each application made for opting for multiple colleges/ universities for admissions.

Till last year, nearly 9 universities and 59 colleges which offered PG courses were conducting their own entrance examinations for admissions.

The students had to apply for nearly seven to eight colleges and visit their respective campuses for appearing the entrance exam which was an expensive and tiring process. Many students also used to miss the exam if the PG entrance exam of two colleges or universities fell on same date.

Under the new process, the students need to apply once through the SAMS IT platform for multiple colleges/ universities as per their subject preferences.

No other State in the country is conducting such common entrance for PG admissions, said Saswat Mishra, Secretary, Higher Education Department.

While addressing a press conference on Friday, Professor Ashok Das, vice-chairman of Odisha State Higher Education Council informed that the Odisha Common PG Entrance Test (CPET-2020) will start from October 12 and continue till October 22. There will three sittings per day of 1.5 hours duration each.

“PG Admissions will be conducted for 83 streams and similar subjects (like general studies and women studies and others) have been clubbed,” said Das.

Das further informed that the students whose UG results have not been published, will be given an opportunity to take part in the admission process. They can upload their marks by October 22.

Odisha Common PG Entrance Test (CPET-2020) will be conducted by the Utkal , Berhampur and Sambalpur Universities.

“Out of the total 100 marks, 70 marks will be based on entrance while 30 marks will be of career ( matric, +2 and +3) scores. Once the students upload thir marks, we expect to publish the State-wise merit list by November 7. All the reservations of the State will be applied and category and subject wise merit list will be published,” Das added.

Das further stated that all the prescribed COVID-19 guidelines of Odisha government will be strictly followed during the conduct of the examination. Separate (isolation) rooms for COVID positive candidates or suspected cases will be made and all other social distancing norms will be duly followed, he added.

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