Panaji: As the last day for accepting applications for the Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET), without the late fee, came to an end on April 2, official sources said that more than 5,500 applications have been received already. The number is expected to go up further as the last day for accepting applications with late fee ends on April 29. The figure is expected to touch the 6,000 marks.
This year, for the first time, the GCET will be answered for more than 2,000 seats as two more courses have been brought under the GCET ambit for 2016-17. The Vrundavan Institute of Nursing Education, Colvale, has joined the centralized test for admissions to its professional degree courses this year. The institute has 50 seats on offer.
The state government has also approved a proposal by Bharatiya Sanskruti Prabodhini’s Gomantak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya and Research Centre based in Shiroda to join the GCET. The institute offers a bachelor’s in ayurveda medicine and surgery.
Until 2014, the GCET was held for admissions to professional degree seats in Goa in the streams of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering and homeopathy.
Last year, admissions to allied health science courses (AHS) of bachelor of physiotherapy, bachelor of occupational therapy, bachelor of optometry, BSc in medical imaging technology and BSc in anaesthesia technology at Goa medical college, and the BSc course in nursing at Institute of Nursing Education, too, were carried out through GCET.
The exam, this year, will be held on May 10 and 11.
2016 will possibly see the highest number of aspirants answering the GCET exam with the highest number of courses being brought under its ambit. The number of students answering the test is expected to come down again in 2017 as the Supreme Court has given the go-ahead for the National Entrance and Eligibility Test (NEET) for medical seats across the country. Goa is also set to join NEET next year due to the decision coming too late for implementation this year.
Professional Degree Courses for which GCET will be held this year
Medical Imaging Technology