In OCET,as many as 4,618 students had opted for either of the two against 804 seats
Master of Computer Application (MCA) and Bachelor of Law (LLB) are the two most sought-after courses at Panjab University,going by the number of applicants appearing in the Other Common Entrance Test (OCET) this year.
According to the official figures,of the 14,853 candidates appearing in OCET from June 16 to 19,a total of 4,618 had opted for either MCA or LLB against the total of 804 seats in the two courses.
For admission to the three-year MCA course at PUs Department of Computer Sciences,Chandigarh,Mukstar and Hoshiarpur centres,2,420 applications were received this year. There are a total of 175 seats offered for the course 95 in PU,55 in Hoshiarpur and 25 in Muktsar.
Similarly,the number of students applying for the three-year law course (LLB) turned out to be as high as 2,198 against 631 seats. The course is being offered at PUs Department of Law and Department of Evening Studies. In the region,the course is also being offered at PUs regional centres in Hoshiarpur and Mukstar.
According to PU officials,the key reason for the growing popularity of these courses is the increase in the demand for related jobs in the markets. Both IT and law are emerging as popular and highly paid professions. A number of students,after completing their graduation in other fields,are seen opting for MCA, said a senior PU official.
For the two-year master of law (LLM) course offered at PU,a total of 356 applications were received against 46 seats.
The other popular courses covered under the OCET include Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism,offered at School of Communication Studies,Master of Engineering (ME) in Computer Science,ME in Electronic and Communication Engineering,offered at University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET),Master of Commerce (MCom hons) being run at University Business School (UBS) and Masters in Environmental Sciences.
In addition,the response to pure sciences has also been good this time. Nearly 1,500 applications were received for MSc (Chemistry) against 274 seats in the university,nine colleges in city and the region while a total of 821 students applied for 182 seats in MSc (Physics).
The number of students applying for MSc (Mathematics) turned out to be 576 against 35 seats in PU. For MSc (Botany),315 students have applied while there are only 106 seats.
The response to University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET) and MBA (Commerce And Information Technology) at UBS remained poor. While UICET could not attract more than 13 students for its 20 seats,the latter offered 80 seats for which only 47 applications were received.