Common Entrance Test (CET) which was scheduled for the first week of May, 2012 now stands postponed by two weeks. The delay is due to the question paper leak and strike by Pre-University teachers for higher pay package. The entrance exam is now likely to be conducted on 21st, 22nd and 23rd May instead of 3rd, 4th, and 5th May. Following a revised time table, fresh dates have been forwarded to the government for approval.
The Vice-Chancellors of the universities in Uttar Pradesh have resolved to hold a state level Common Entrance Test for admission to the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degree course. Besides, all the state universities will have a common syllabus, making it easier for the students to select their teachers under the ‘virtual class’ system as well as a common time-table to hold entrance tests, examinations, and to declare results.
The Board of Governors of Medical Council of India (MCI) has put forward a proposal to conduct a common entrance test for medical courses from the next academic session. This common entrance test will cover both under-graduate and post graduate courses conducted by private and government medical colleges. The purpose of this initiative is to reduce the burden of students. President of the Board, Dr. S.K Sarin said, "A common entrance will reduce the hassles for students appearing for medical exams. At present, students have to give 10–15 different exams for medical courses, which can be highly stressful to both the student and his family. A common entrance exam will allow a student to give his best shot at one go."