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Common entrance test for central varsities

Date: 03 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Admissions to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Central Universities could be given based on a common entrance test. 

Background

Currently, admissions for central universities are given based on class 12 marks. The updated rules could make test result compulsory.

 

Details

There are plans for conducting Common Entrance Test for UG and PG in central universities from the academic session 2022-23.

 

Testing

  • The Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) was first launched in 2010 for admissions to 12 new central universities.  Many other universities have joined the process in recent times.

  • The UGC is planning to include more universities under CUCET after the National Education Policy, 2020 supported the process.

 

Test pattern

The test may include two sections. The first section will consist of common aptitude test. The second section would be domain-specific test.

 

Reasons

  • The soaring cut-off for premier institutions like Delhi University has worried academic sections, especially due to unrealistic cutoffs. UGC feels that a level playing field will have to be created.

  • It will reduce burden on universities for formulating their own tests and conducting them. It will also bring uniformity in exam toughness.

 

Criticism

Many academics have criticized the intended test pattern. They feel that it will encourage coaching industry to grow further and evolve new techniques to crack the exam without need for deep understanding.