Common Entrance Test to start for Central Varsities from next year

Who is eligible to take the CUCET? Which universities shall this be applicable to? Here's everything you need to know

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Common Entrance Test to start for Central Varsities from next year

If UGC (University Grants Commission) has its own way, a common test for entrance could possibly take the place of admission based on marks in central universities from 2022-23.

On 26th November after the meeting, the UGC asked the central universities to certainly take ‘appropriate measures’ to take the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET), reported The Indian Express.

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“After detailed deliberations, it was resolved that the Common Entrance Test for UG and PG may be conducted for Central Universities from the academic session 2022-23 through National Testing Agency (NTA),” UGC wrote to the heads of the universities, the newspaper mentioned.

The CUCET (Central Universities Common Entrance Test) first took place in 2010. This was after one year of 12 new central universities that had been set up under the Central Universities Act, 2009. While many universities have chosen to take the test, the National Education Policy, 2020, steadily aims to bring forward more universities under the ambit. In 2020, UGC made a 7-member committee under R P Tiwari to investigate the execution of the same.

The letter to 45 heads of the universities was sent post deliberations by this committee.

Eligibility criteria

Any individual who seeks to apply for undergraduate or postgraduate courses in central universities are eligible to take the test. But the exact guidelines are yet to be announced soon.

The pattern of the test

Now, the test has two parts- both of which have multiple-choice questions. The first part checks the language of the students, general awareness, mathematical aptitude, and analytical skills. The second part assess domain knowledge.

Subjects that it will cover

The test shall now cover sciences, humanities, languages, arts, and vocational subjects reported by The Indian Express.

The test now covers MBA, LLB, and MCA courses offered by some universities. It does not cover engineering and medical courses that are offered by Central Universities and is unlikely to cover them under the new pattern also.

It is likely to take place at least twice every year, instead of annually.

The exam shall be conducted in thirteen different languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati, Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

The NEP 2020 predicted that a common entrance test shall test conceptual understanding while aiming to remove the need for coaching. The NEP states that the flexibility of the NTA testing services shall allow more universities to practice common entrance tests, rather than having many of the universities each conceived their own entrance tests.

Board exam marks shall still be crucial to apply to other universities, including state-run and private universities.

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