Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: The Higher Education Department of Odisha today issued a notification revising the timeline of Common PG Entrance Test (CPET)- 2020.

As per the revised order, the merit list will be declared on November 16, while the applicants can update their graduation/equivalent marks on Student Academic Management System (SAMS) portal by November 10 till 11.45 PM.

The admission process by the respective universities and colleges offering post graduation teaching facility will be completed by December 10, the notification read.

As many as 62,942 out of 71,789, who registered for the test, appeared the CPET-2020 examinations which started on October 22 and concluded on October 22. The examination was conducted with all COVID-19 protocols and separate (isolation) rooms were allotted to COVID positive candidates or suspected cases.

Sources said, six candidates tested positive with the virus appeared the test at some examination centres including Utkal University.

This is for the first time that a single entrance examination was held for admissions into 14,700 post-graduate (PG) seats in different universities and colleges in the State.

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. However, the new system brought all the universities and colleges to a single platform.

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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