Sharp increase in PGCET registrations this year

The number of students who have registered for the Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET), 2014, for MBA and MCA, has gone up by nearly six times this year, compared to previous year.

While last year, 3,600 students had registered for both MBA and MCA courses, this time the number has gone up to 17,906 registrations. For MBA alone, there have been 12,575 registrations this time.

Members of the Consortium of PGCET 2014 attributed the increase to the fact that this time there is only one entrance test for all MBA and MCA colleges across the State. Last year, students had taken the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), specified Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) and had also appeared for the Karnataka Management Admission Test (KMAT) for management quota seats. Owing to confusion, several candidates had not approached the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) for counselling.

The PGCET 2014 will be valid for both management and government share of seats. While the KEA will conduct counselling for government quota seats; for management quota seats, institutions will conduct their own admissions based on the PGCET test score.

Prof B R Ananthan, V-C of Rani Chennamma University and chairman of Consortium of PGCET 2014, told reporters that this year hall tickets will be uploaded on  www.rcub.ac.in.

The university is helping the consortium conduct the exam this year and hall tickets can be downloaded from the website on June 27. The exam is being conducted at 19 test centres across the State.

The highest number of candidates, 6,492, is from Bangalore. The least number of candidates registered is from Tumkur, with a total of 433 candidates. The seat matrix would be uploaded in due course, KEA Executive Director Rame Gowda said.

The PGCET for MBA will be held on June 30 between 11 am and 1 pm and from 3 pm to 5 pm for MCA. The test is being held for about 20,000 seats in  over 130 colleges under the consortium. The results are expected on July 7 and classes will commence on August 1.

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