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Dental Entrance Exams- Students at Risk
Posted Date: 1/4/2011 3:51:00 PM

Aspirants for dentistry will have some tough choices to make this year: they may have a range of top colleges they''d like to apply to for their post-graduation, but their choices will be restricted as the dates of several entrance tests are clashing. For students of Maharshtra, the decision is going to be even harder as the state government''s post-graduate Common Entrance Test (CET) and the one conducted by the association of private dental colleges, is on the same day-February 6. Earlier, the private PG Dental test (COMEDK PGET) was to be conducted on February 13, but then another popular entrance test for entry to the Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research, is scheduled for February 13. "We have received representation from sevreal candidates with regards to the overlapping of COMEDK PGET on February 13, with the exam notified by JIPMER, Pondicherry. Realising the all-India stature of both JIPMER and COMEDK PGET, it is now decided to prepone (sic) the COMEDK PGET examination to February 6," read a notification put out by the association of private dental colleges in Maharashtra. Close to 9,000 candidates apply to take the Maharashtra government''s entrance test; of them about 2,000 are post-graduate aspirants for courses in dentistry. According to officials in the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), the state''s body which conducts the entrance test, they declared the date of their entrance test in November, over a month before the association of private colleges. Usually, the state''s CET is on the second Sunday of January, but this year, the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is conducting their post-graduate CET on that date. "Considering a lot of students take that exam as it also the gateway to apply to colleges under the all-India quota, the state declared its CET in February," said a DMER official. For students like Prachi Shah and Vinisha Kothari, the decision of which exam to sit for is not going to be an easy one.

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