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OUCET and KUPGCET to be merged for common entrance

Move will reduce financial burden on aspirants
Reducing the burden on students seeking admissions in post-graduate courses in Telangana, the government has decided to merge two separate entrances being held for seven universities and conduct a common entrance test from the ensuing academic year. The Telangana Common Post Graduate Entrance Test (CGPET) for admission into MA, M.Com, M.Sc and other PG courses will be conducted by the Osmania University from 2019-20 academic year. A meeting held at the Telangana State Council for Higher Education (TSCHE) attended by Higher Education Secretary Janrdhan Reddy and others decided to go ahead with the common entrance test.

TSCHE Chairman Prof. T. Papi Reddy said that Osmania University Vice-Chancellor S. Ramachandram has been appointed as the Chairman of the CGPET while Vice-Chancellors of all the conventional universities -- Prof. R. Limbadri and Prof. V. Venkata Ramana, vice-chairmen of TSCHE will be the members of the committee. The decision will reduce financial burden on the aspirants and also save them from appearing two entrance exams and also two admission sessions. The two procedures were also hampering smooth process of admissions as many students were shifting two different universities after being admitted. The OU was conducting a common entrance test for OU, Palamoor University, Mahabubnagar; Telangana University, Nizamabad; Mahatma Gandhi University, Nalgonda; and it added Potti Sriramulu University last year while the Kakatiya University, Warangal, was conducting its own test for entrance to KU and Satavahana University, Karimnagar. Last year 70,361 candidates registered for the OUCET while 59,638 candidates actually took the exam. At the same time in the KUPGCET, 28,354 candidates applied and 24,273 candidates appeared.

There was a crossover of candidates as many students appear for both the CETs trying their luck at all the universities. Osmania conducted the test for 45 subjects while KU held its exam for entry into 28 courses.

Last year, OU conducted the exams completely online for the first time and it was well received by students. The KU however stuck to the paper mode exam due to logistic reasons.