First entrance test for all central universities admissions in June-July

First entrance test for all central universities admissions in June-July

The first Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET)
for admissions to 42 central universities will be held in 13 languages
between June and July.

The exam — being held for the first time — will be based on the existing
senior secondary syllabus of various boards. The ministry of education will
issue the notification for CUCET next week, while the National Testing
Agency (NTA), which will conduct the exam, will issue the dates and
application details.

“The dates and details are likely to be announced by the end of next
week. The expert committee of the University Grants Commission is
finalising the details and the ministry is also coordinating with all the 42
central universities,” said a senior ministry official.

The test for undergraduate admissions for the 2022-23 academic session will be computer-based and have two sections — common aptitude test and domain specific test.

CUCET was supposed to be held last year but was postponed due to the pandemic. The 42 universities which will offer admissions based on CUCET from this year include Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Banaras Hindu University, Visva Bharati, Central University of Tamil Nadu, University of Hyderabad, Central University of Kerala and North Eastern Hill University, among others.

According to sources, the ministry has directed the expert committee which is finalising the syllabus to ensure the test’s difficulty level does not exceed what’s taught in senior secondary-level courses, keeping in view the academic disruptions due to the pandemic.

“Apart from CBSE, the committee and NTA are studying the curriculum of other education boards that conduct senior secondary and secondary school leaving exams so that a common curriculum for CUCET can be devised,” a committee member said. This is expected to offer a level playing field to aspirants from across the country. The expert committee is to submit its report by the end of this week.

Apart from Hindi and English, the test will be offered in Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

As was first reported by TOI, the 60-minute common aptitude test, which has to be taken by all the aspirants, will comprise of 50 questions: reading comprehension (15), verbal ability (10), quantitative reasoning (10), logical and analytical reasoning (10) and general awareness and ICT (5). The two-hour domain specific test will have 30 questions from the chosen subject a
candidate wishes to appear for.

There will be no gap between the aptitude and the domain test and each correct response will be awarded four marks and an incorrect response will be given one negative mark. The questions will be in a randomised order and will be presented in different formats of multiple choice questions