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Goa cancels GCET, adopts JEE-Main for 2024-25 admissions


GCET 2024 Cancelled: In a recent development, the state of Goa has decided to cancel the Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET) for admission to B.Tech and B.Pharm courses for the year 2024-25. Instead, the admissions for these courses will now be determined based on the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) scores. This decision is set to streamline the admission process and bring Goan students in line with the national standards.
The Centralized Admission Division of the Directorate of Technical Education has announced that admissions to Engineering B.E.Degree courses and Pharmacy (B.Pharm) programmes in Goa for the academic year 2024-2025 will be determined based on the scores and ranks achieved in the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE-Main) 2024. The JEE-Main will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in both January and April 2024.
Prospective candidates seeking admission to Engineering B.E. Degree courses are advised to carefully review the information bulletin for JEE-Main 2024, which is available on the website This bulletin contains essential details regarding the examination scheme, eligibility criteria, syllabus, online application process, and other pertinent information.
Read the official notice here
For admission to the Pharmacy B.Pharm. Degree course in Goa for the academic year 2024-2025, the selection will be based on the best aggregate score obtained in the subjects of Physics and Chemistry. This score can be from either the JEE-Main 2024 or NEET-2024. Therefore, candidates interested in pursuing the B.Pharm. course have the option to take either the JEE-Main 2024, NEET-2024, or both examinations.
The Public Notice issued by the National Testing Agency (NTA) regarding this matter is also available for reference on the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) website at
For individuals intending to appear for GCET, please refer to the table below for important dates concerning the registration, admit card, and other key events for the JEE Main 2024 January session:

S. No. Events JEE Main 2024 Dates
1 Last date of fee payment through Credit/ Debit Card/Net-Banking/UPI November 30, 2023
2 Release of the city of examination By the Second week of January 2024
3 JEE Main admit card 3 days before the date of the examination
4 JEE Main exam date for session 1 January 24 to February 1, 2024
5 IIT JEE result for January session February 12, 2024

This table provides you with all the essential dates and details you need to prepare for the JEE Main 2024 January session, which is now the primary basis for admissions in Goa.
GCET, the previously used entrance exam, was conducted to assess students’ eligibility for various professional courses, including B.Tech programmes, in Goa. However, in an effort to align Goa’s educational practices with the rest of the country and ensure that students receive equal opportunities, the state government has opted for a more widely recognized and standardized test.
The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is a national-level examination conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). It is taken by a vast number of students across India who aspire to pursue engineering and other technical courses. JEE assesses students’ knowledge and skills in subjects like Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, which are crucial for B.Tech programs.
By adopting the JEE as the basis for admissions to B.Tech courses, Goa aims to bring its education system in line with the national curriculum and evaluation standards. This change will not only simplify the admission process but also provide Goan students with the opportunity to compete on a national level, alongside students from other states.
This decision is expected to bring several benefits to the students and educational institutions in Goa. Firstly, it will provide students with more opportunities and flexibility in terms of the colleges and courses they can pursue. As JEE scores are widely accepted by engineering colleges and universities across the country, Goan students will have a wider range of options for higher education.
Furthermore, this move can help improve the quality of education in Goa as it encourages students to strive for a higher level of excellence. With the JEE setting a high standard for admission, students will be motivated to excel in their studies and enhance their knowledge and skills in the relevant subjects.
In addition to benefiting the students, this change will also simplify the admission process for educational institutions. They will no longer need to conduct a separate entrance test, reducing administrative burden and ensuring a fair and transparent admission procedure based on standardized scores.

GCET 2024 Cancelled

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