Online College Admissions System (OCAS) has been launched by Higher Education Department (HED) of Punjab in collaboration with Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) in order to process applications for FA, FSC, ICS programs.

Since the launch of admission cycle 2017 on July 27 across Punjab 63,139 applications received in 323 colleges out of 716 public colleges

During the last few years, 1 million applications have been processed by OCAS according to the PITB Officials. Online submitted applications were 63,139 among which 31294 applications submitted online while 31,845 were uploaded by the respective colleges.

Dr. Umar Saif, PITB chairman and Advisor to the CM Punjab, said that this initiative has not only increased the transparency and efficiency but also saved precious time by decreasing the risk of standing in long queues and helping them to search online their college of choice and apply from home.

He further testified that the added feature of the system was college brochures and online admission forms were available free of cost. This system has ensured that prompt compilation of applications and merit list with less error-prone, back-office data entry activities to the end-users themselves.

It was observed that applications with gender and program segregation recorded till date were 16,756 applications for ICS (66% male, 34 % female), 13,392 for Fsc Pre-Medical (69 % female, 31 % male), 12,444 for FA (65 % female, 35% male), 11,882 for Fsc Pre-Engineering (76 % male, 24 % female), 7,667 for I-Com (67 % male, 33 % female), 608 for D Com (96 % male, 4 % female) and 544 for General Science (81 % male, 19 % female). The challan forms for OCAS are accepted by all branches of the Bank of Punjab across the Punjab province.

OCAS is a collaborative association between Higher Education Department, Nine Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) of Punjab, Bank of Punjab and Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) to offer convenient, efficient and reliable access to admissions in the government colleges for higher education for students.