Pune: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will operate special buses from October 1 to October 20 to ensure that aspirants of various technical courses and civil services reach their exam centres in the city with ease and on time.
The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Maharashtra has announced that the exams for physics, chemistry and biology (PCB) group will he held on October 1-2 and October 4 to 9. The exams will be held in two time period. The exams for physics, chemistry and mathematics (PCM) group will be held on October 12-16 and October 19-20. The MHT-CET 2020 exams were supposed to be held in April but postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Thee Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has scheduled its preliminary examination on October 4. Pune being hub for civil services preparation, thousands of aspirants from across the state usually take the UPSC test in Pune.
Many of the students had left to their hometowns affter the announcement of lockdown in the last week of March. However, after new dates, thousands of candidates for MHT-CET and UPSC prelims are expected to travel to Pune from various parts of the state.
Divisional Controller (Pune) Ramakant Gaikwad said, “we will ensure that the services connecting Pune to other districts will ply seamlessly. We have also scheduled some extra services and are also open to group bookings for students”.
The MSRTC has appealed to all students and parents to opt for state transport buses during the examination period as the service is strictly following the COVID-19 protocols Gaiwad said. “They should reserve their tickets in advance so that we know about the demand on each day and can better plan the extra services,” added Gaikwad
The 5.3 lakh candidates have registered for MHT-CET of which 2.8 lakh candidates have registered for the PCB group and 2.5 lakh for the PCM group. There are a total of 180 examination centres in 36 districts in the state.