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APRCET notification out today

Those qualifying the test can apply in all 14 State varsities
For the second time in a row, Andhra University will be conducting the Andhra Pradesh Research Common Entrance Test (APRCET) for the academic year 2019-20.

The date for the notification will be published on September 11, and online registration will begin from September 16.

While the date for submission of application without late fee is October 10, application with a late fee of Rs. 2,000 will be accepted till October 16.

Vice-Chancellor Prof. P.V.G.D. Prasad Reddy said that the hall tickets can be downloaded from October 28 and the examinations will be held from November 8 to 12. The examination will be held for 68 subjects in 10 centres — Visakhapatnam, Rajahmahendravaram, Vijayawada, Guntur, Nellore, Anantapuram, Kurnool, Kadapa, Tirupati and Hyderabad.

Road ahead

Research aspirants who will qualify the test can apply in all 14 State universities in Andhra Pradesh.

The entrance test will be split into two parts — A and B — with 90 marks for each section. For the interview, 20 marks will be reserved.

While Part A will deal with teaching and research aptitude, Part B will cater to specific subjects.

Students who have qualified UGC NET, JRF and GATE, and whose score validity period has not expired, need not write the test. Students in PG final year can also apply for the test, but will have to produce their PG certificate at the time of interview.

According to Prof. Prasad Reddy, admission into research after interview will depend upon the vacancy for research scholars in each university and under each guide. As per the UGC guidelines, professors will not be allowed to guide more than eight scholars including part-time scholars at a time, he said.

Affiliated colleges

For the first time, to accommodate research scholars who may be left out due to the UGC quota system, Andhra University will approach its affiliated colleges and ask teachers who have a Ph.D. to become guides for such scholars.

“We have at least 50 good colleges, including a few engineering colleges, under our fold. There are a number of teachers with Ph.Ds in those colleges. We will approach them to become guides, as well as to become adjunct professors for the university. It will be a win-win situation for all,” said Prof. Prasad Reddy.