The admission in graduation after clearing intermediate is one of the biggest nightmares of students. The sky-touching cut-offs put immense pressure on students to perform exceptionally well in the board. The biggest drawback, however, in this model was that students of few boards get the undue advantage of lenient marking. To put all students on equal footing cabinet clears the CUET or Common University Entrance Test. Now, the marks obtained in the 12th board will no longer have a decisive role to enroll in graduation in the central universities of the country. Although minimum marks will be required for enrolment, the first preference is given to those who get higher marks in the entrance exam. By clearing this single exam students will be eligible to get admission in 45 Central Universities of the country and other universities that are willing to come aboard.
UGC announced common entrance test:
UGC said that from 2022-23 academic year, admissions in central universities will be taken only on the basis of marks obtained in Central University Entrance Test (CUET). Earlier, admission was done on the basis of marks obtained in class 12th, due to which it was difficult for state boards and rural students to get admission in reputed colleges of the country.
Pattern of CUET:
The UGC has said that the CUET will be conducted from the 2022-23 session itself. On the basis of this examination, students will get admission in graduation in the central university and colleges affiliated to it. However, the central universities will have the right to adopt a minimum percentage obtained in the board examination for admission to their university. For admission to audio-visual or performing arts or extracurricular and sports categories, the university may make a practical or trial basis.
The test will have 3 papers, the first will test language proficiency, the second will test the domain-specific knowledge and the last paper will test the aptitude of the students. Out of these three papers, different universities can make ask for passing all, any two, or any single paper.
The examination will be conducted in two shifts. The first shift will consist of a compulsory language test, two given subjects, and a general test. The second shift will have four subjects and one language test. This language will be one of the 19 languages which the students will choose for themselves.
The test will be conducted in 13 languages including Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Punjabi, Odia, and English.
The entrance test will have 27 domain subjects out of which a student can choose up to 6 domains. The available domain will be Accountancy/ Book Keeping, Biology/ Biological Studies/ Biotechnology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science/ Informatics Practices, Economics/ Business Economics, Engineering Graphics, Entrepreneurship, Geography, History, Home Science, Knowledge Tradition–Practices India, Legal Studies, Commercial Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education/ NCC, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Teaching Aptitude, Agriculture, Mass Media/ Mass Communication, Anthropology, Fine Arts/ Visual Arts (Sculpture/ Painting), Performing Arts and Sanskrit.
For studying a foreign language or regional language courses, UGC is offering 19 additional languages, i.e, French, Spanish, German, Nepali, Persian, Italian, Arabic, Sindhi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Bodo, Dogri, Maithili, Manipuri, Santhali, Tibetan, Japanese, Russian and Chinese.
Syllabus of entrance test:
This computer-based exam will be conducted in the first week of July and its syllabus will be based on NCERT in CBSE. On the decision of not giving weightage to the 12th number in the admission, the newly appointed chairman of UGC M Jagadesh Kumar said that this is not a new practice. Students get admission to IITs and Medical colleges on the basis of entrance exams. Kumar said that the Common Entrance Test will give equal opportunity to all the students. Irrespective of the board, whether a student is from remote village or North East, all will get an equal chance.
Will there be a change in reservation?
This examination will not affect the reservation policy. You will need a CUET score for admission. If a university reserves a certain percentage of seats for local students, that too will not be affected. The only difference will be that like all other students, local students or reserved category students will also come through the common entrance test.