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With the Std XII board exams over, it's time now for the students to gear up for the common entrance tests (CETs) lined up over the next two months, for professional engineering and medical degree courses.

At least eight CETs of significance for students in and around Pune are scheduled between April 8 and June 9. The season kicks off with the Indian Institute of Technology - Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE), which is to be held on April 8.

The IIT-JEE will be held in two sessions with paper-I commencing from 9 am to 12 noon and paper-II from 2 pm to 5 pm. In Maharashtra, it will be held simultaneously across 11 cities, including Pune.

"I am a bit nervous about Sunday (April 8), but I hope that hard work will pay off," said Mitali Vasna, a student from SP college, who will appear for the IIT-JEE. "Preparations have been fine. I have been working on chemistry for the last couple of days, and have tried to keep my mind free of stress," she said.

Aniket Damle from the Delhi Public School said, "I am anxious, but confident about my preparation. A lot of hard work has gone into it and I hope things will be good for me."

Another IIT aspirant, Bhavik Rasyara said, "I have been preparing for the exam for the last couple of years. I am doing the usual last minute revision."

Following the IIT-JEE, the final paper of the two-stage All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE), which is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, will be held on April 29. The prelims were held on April 1.

The Karnataka CET, which is attempted by several students from western Maharashtra, especially from the districts closer to Karnataka, is lined up next for May 3 and will be followed by Association of Management's of Unaided Private Medical and Dental Colleges' (AMUPMDC) 'ASSO CET 2012' in Maharashtra on May 5.

The AFMC's entrance test for MBBS course has been scheduled for May 6 and will be followed by the big one - the MHT-CET 2012, which is the state government's combined entrance exam for health sciences, engineering and pharmacy courses. More than three lakh students appear for this test.April 8: IIT-JEE 2012

April 29: AIEEE offline exam

May 3: Karnataka CET

May 5:
ASSO CET 2012 for private unaided health science colleges

May 6: AFMC entrance for MBBS course

May 10: MHT-CET 2012, state government's combined entrance test

May 13: AIPMT 2012 final paper

May 10 to June 9: Online test window period for BITSAT 2012

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