GCET Will No Longer Be A Common Entrance Exam

Students who want to pursue graduate courses in homeopathy and ayurveda in Goa will now be subjected to answer the same National Eligibility cum Entrance Exam (NEET) that medical students have to, for admissions for 2017-18.

That means 2017 would be the last year the Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET) will be conducted.

“We have received a circular from the Union ministry of Ayush stating that admissions to homeopathy and ayurveda seats, too, will take place through NEET in 2017. Accordingly, we will issue an announcement in the newspapers, which will appear by Tuesday, instructing homeopathy and ayurveda seat aspirants to register for NEET,” said a state official. Registrations for NEET are open till March 1. – TNN

There are 50 and 60 seats for students who aspire to pursue graduate courses in homeopathy and ayurveda respectively. Until last year, the admissions to these seats were carried out on the basis of the GCET results. Even medicine and dentistry seats in Goa were allotted to students who got good GCET scores. However from now on, as per last year’s Supreme Court ruling, admissions will be awarded to students based on their performance on NEET from 2017.

As per the data, around 2,000 aspirants of medicine, dentistry, homeopathy and ayurveda are expected to answer NEET in 2017.

The result of this is that less than 3,000 students aspiring to get seats in engineering, pharmacy, nursing and allied health programmes will be appearing for the GCET that will be conducted in 2017. Furthermore, it is expected that the number will drop in the coming year as the Union Human Resource Development Ministry (HRD) has announced a common entrance exam for admissions to engineering seats across the country. This will mean that only those students wanting to pursue pharmacy, nursing and allied health courses will appear for the GCET.

“It is entirely possible that from 2018, pharmacy seat admissions could take place based on the engineering exam, just as homeopathy and ayurveda seats are being asked to be filled based on NEET results. As engineering tests are conducted in physics, chemistry and mathematics, physics and chemistry scores from the same test could be taken to calculate scores for admissions to pharmacy courses. Such a possibility could make GCET redundant as early as 2018,” a source said.

The GCET, even if it is held next wear for admissions to pharmacy, nursing and the allied health courses, cannot be technically defined as a common entrance exam since most of the professional streams in Goa would not be under its purview any more.

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