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GCET Eligibility Criteria, Qualification, Minimum Age, And Exam Centers

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GCET 2021 Eligibility must be referred by the candidates before applying for it. A candidate should have qualified 10+2 (or equivalent) examination from Goa Board or CBSE or any other equivalent board. The candidates should have also studied Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with any one of the following – Chemistry/Bio-Technology/Computer Science/Biology.  

There are certain conditions and requirements which the candidates will have to meet to be eligible for admissions into the participating institutes of the state. These conditions will constitute the eligibility criteria of GCET 2021. If the candidates are found to be ineligible, then they will be disqualified from the admission process.

GCET 2021 offers admission to the most qualifying candidates to several professional degree courses in the field of Engineering, Architecture, and Pharmacy. GCET 2021 Application Form is expected to be out in the last week of March 2021. All the details related to the GCET application form, GCET fee, GCET eligibility, dates, etc. are presented below.


Eligibility Criteria

GCET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must refer to the GCET 2021 eligibility criteria before applying for the exam:

Common eligibility

  • Nationality: Indian/ NRIs/ OCI/ PIO candidates can apply.
  • Age Limit: Candidates must be above 17 years as of December 31, 2021.
  • Score Card: Candidates should have a valid GCET/ NEET/ NATA exam’s scorecard.

Course Wise Eligibility- For B.Sc. Nursing

  • Qualification: Candidates must have passed the 10th and 12th exam from any recognized board.
  • Marks Criteria: Candidates must have secured at least 45% aggregate marks in PCB subjects. Candidates belonging to SC/ST and OBC category can apply with 40% aggregate marks as well.
  • Subjects: Candidates must have studied physics, chemistry, biology, and English as compulsory subjects in class 12th.

B.Pharma Course

  • Educational qualifications: Candidates appearing in this exam must have complete HSC (10 + 2) exams from a recognized university or board of Goa.
  • Subjects: Candidates must have studied subjects including Physics, chemistry, biology, and English as main subjects.
  • Marks: No one lesser than 45% marks (40 marks reserved SC/ST/OBC class candidates) in total within the qualifying test will be considered fit for the GCET exam.

For B. Tech

  • Qualification: Candidate passing the higher secondary exam from any recognized board are eligible to apply for the GCET exam.
  • Candidates must have obtained a diploma in engineering with at least 45% marks. Candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ OBC with 40% marks can also apply.
  • Marks Criteria: Candidates must have obtained a minimum of 45% aggregate (40% aggregate marks for SC/ ST and OBC category) marks in PCM subjects.
  • Subjects: Candidates must have studied physics and mathematics as main subjects along with anyone from biology/ chemistry/ biotechnology.

For B. Arch

  • Qualification: Candidates must have passed 10+2 or equivalent exam from any recognized board.
  • Marks: Candidates must achieve at least 50% aggregate (45% for SC/ ST/ OBC) marks in their qualifying exam to be considered eligible for the GCET exam.

Kashmiri Migrants only in Engineering Courses

  • The applicant should have passed the Higher Secondary School Certificate (Std.XIIth) examination or its equivalent examination with English, Physics, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects with one of the following subjects Chemistry/Bio-Technology/Computer Science/Biology and secured not less than 45% marks in the subjects of Physics & Mathematics with one of the following subjects Chemistry/Bio-Technology/Computer Science/Biology.

Reservation Criteria

GCET 2021 Reservation Criteria

The table given below shows the reservation criteria for GCET 2021

Category Reservation (%)
Scheduled Caste (SC) 2%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 12%
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 27%
Freedom Fighter (FF) 1%
Central & State Personnel (CSP) 3%
Ex-Serviceman (ESM) 1%
GN (Grandparent/Parent from Goa) 2%
NRI Up to 5%
Kashmiri Migrant On the supernumerary basis for AICTE courses

Exam Centres 2021

GCET 2021 Exam Centres

GCET 2021 exam centers are in the cities where the entrance exam will be conducted. Candidates had to select their preference for GCET exam center while filling the application form of GCET 2021. Given below are the exam centers of GCET 2021 where the exam will be conducted:

Exam Cities Centre Code Address
Tiswadi Cujira (Bambolim) 10 Dhempe Higher Secondary School of Arts & Science
Panaji 11 Goa College of Pharmacy
Verna 12 Fr. Agnel Multipurpose Hr. Secondary School
Navelim 13 Rosary College/Higher Secondary School of Arts & Commerce
Vasco 14 Deep Vihar High School
Mapusa 15 Purushottam Walawalkar Higher Secondary School
Ponda 1 16 A. J. De Almeida High School
Ponda (Farmagudi) 17 G. V. Ms. Smt. N. J. Aguiar Higher Secondary School
Bicholim 18 Shantadurga High School
Curchorem 19 Govt. Polytechnic, Curchorem
Porvorim 20 Vidya Prabodhini Higher Secondary School
Assagao 21 DM’s PVS Sarojini M. Kushe Higher Secondary School
Sanquelim 22 Govt. Higher Secondary School
Cuncolim 23 Maria Bambina Higher Secondary School
Dharbandora 24 BBSS, Vishweshwar Shankar Laad Higher Secondary School

Eligibility 2021 FAQs

GCET 2021 Eligibility FAQs

Ques. What is the eligibility criteria for SC/ST candidates to appear for the GCET exam?

Ans. Candidates should have passed the Higher Secondary School Certificate (Std.XIIth) examination of the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education or its equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects and secured at least 50% marks in aggregate (45% aggregate marks for applicants belonging to SC/ST/OBC).

Ques. What preparation strategy to be followed to get a good rank in the GCET 2021 Exam?

Ans. Candidates can start by gathering all related information related to syllabus, exam patterns, and guidelines. The next step is to collect the data related to the preparation strategy. Practice mock tests of the previous year’s question paper and check them with the answer keys.

Ques. What is the duration of GCET 2021 entrance test?

Ans. The exam forms for GCET will be released in the last week of March and candidates can fill the forms before March-end because the late fees will be fined in April. The exam will be held on 5th and 6th May and the duration of which will be 2 hours and it will be in offline mode.

Ques. I am from Kolkata, can I appear for GCET?

Ans. Yes, you can appear for the GCET exam. But the basic criteria to appear for the exam is that the candidate should be an Indian National. Candidates should have cleared the Higher Secondary School Certificate Examination of the Goa Board. For more information, you can read the article above for the eligibility criteria.

Ques. What is the full form of GCET? 

Ans. The full form of GCET is Goa Common Entrance Test (Goa CET). GCET exam is a state-level entrance test conducted by DTE Goa for admissions to professional degree courses in Engineering. Candidates can fill and submit the application form through offline mode only.

Ques. What is the Educational Qualification for PUC Candidates?

Ans. Candidates who are appearing for class 12th exam can also apply for GCET 2020 exam and they have to submit all the required documents till the date provided by the institution if they got selected.

Ques. I have more than 50% in PCM Aggregate but not individually. Can I apply?

Ans. The prerequisite is 50% in physics chemistry and maths. You can try as there might be a fair chance.

Ques. What is the domicile minimum number of years for applying?

Ans. Candidates must have resided in the state of Goa for a minimum period of 10 years.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

GCET 2021 : 4 answered questions

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Ques. How many marks do I need on the GCET to get into Goa Engineering College?

● Top Answer By Ankita Mitra on 12 Jan 21

Ans. To get admission in GEC, you need to score marks above 70 in both mathematics and physics respectively. The cut off rank varies with branches and categories as well and the factors like competition, number of applications received, etc. also plays a big role in setting lower or higher cut off every year. But a good rank under 200 will definitely help you grab a confirmed seat in one of your favorite branches of engineering in GEC. That’s the case when you are from the general category, if you are from any reserved category then the cut off rank might be lower for you.  Here’s the list of cut off ranks which you need to have to get your dream branch -  Rank under 150-200 will surely get you a seat in any branch in the first round itself. A rank under 300 then you can apply for IT, ENE, ETC.  Rank under 500 then you can go for civil branch. So with the help of the list given above you can easily set your target score and prepare yourself to get into your preferred branches like Mechanical, Computer science, Electrical and others.Read more
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Ques. How have you have prepared for GCET?

● Top Answer By Shivam Bhola on 12 Jan 21

Ans. For GCET (Goa Common Entrance Test) there’s nothing extra you need to do. The only section on which you need to focus is your board result and JEE Main score. Covering the whole syllabus of 12th and preparing for JEE main exams will help you secure a good score in GCET for sure. In order to qualify for GCET, you must score under 5000 to get admission for sure. But in case you’re targeting a branch like Mechanical, Computer Science then you need a higher rank somewhere under 200. Apart from this, you can apply for other branches with a lower rank as well. Follow tips and guidelines given by your mentors or seniors and do not attempt the questions in which you’re not fully sure. With the help of these simple tricks you can easily clear the GCET and get admission in any preferred branch.Read more
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Ques. What is the GCET rank required to get into Goa Engineering College?

● Top Answer By Raktim Tarafdar on 12 Jan 21

Ans. One of my friends completed his engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering in 2017. As per his experience, the cut off range varies as per the branch you are opting for. If your rank is under 130 then getting your desired branch in GEC in the first round itself is easy. But if your rank is under 150-250, then it all depends on your luck and level of competition which branch you’ll get. So if you want to play safe then get the best score in GCET and grab the seat in one of your dream branches in GEC.  For your help the list of cut off score (according to latest trends and competition) is mentioned below -  If you have a rank under 80-100, you’ll surely get a seat in the CS branch in the first round itself. In a rank under 300 you can apply for every branch other than CS which is out of your reach with this rank. Try to get in Mechanical or Electrical branch as you might manage to get a seat in the second round. A rank under 700, will have you waiting till the third round and believe in your luck as it might get you a good branch. But with this rank you can still manage to get enrolled in other branches in GEC. It is suggested that you should not lose hope and have patience till the last round. If getting admission in GEC is your only goal then it is also possible for you to get a good branch with lower rank as well as in case if the number of seats per class has been increased keeping in mind the number of applications.Read more
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Ques. What is the GCET rank required for Padre Conceicao College in Goa? Can I get into it if my rank is 600?

● Top Answer By Akhil Guska on 12 Jan 21

Ans. For getting admission in Padre Conceicao College of Engineering (PCCE) Goa, a GCET 600 Rank is enough. But making it to one of your dream branches will be tough for sure. There’s competition between candidates for getting admission in PCCE in their dream branches that are Mechanical and CE.  The cut off rank for branches like Mechanical remains up to 350 in GCET, but you can go for branches like CE. You might not get in the first round but waiting till the second round will improve your chances to get in successfully. Mechanical and Computer Engineering are branches in which seats get filled soon due to high competition. But if you are comfortable with other branches, then don’t worry as you will get the admission for sure. The other way of getting admission is through management quota, but you need to pay a good amount of money for this. So it is suggested that you can try for a branch like CE till the second and third round and if you still can’t make it due to the high cut off then go for other branches. A rank under 300 is a good score if you want to get enrolled in your favorite branch, but as your rank is 600 then getting the dream branch is something not possible for you due to certain criteria followed by PCCE for aspiring engineering candidates.Read more
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