The University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman M Jagadesh Kumar has announced that a Common University Entrance Test (CUET) is mandatory to take admission in undergraduate courses in Central universities.
The UGC chairman also mentioned that Class 12 board marks will not add any weightage for the process to have admission in undergraduate courses. Although, universities can set eligibility criteria on the basis of the class 12 board marks.
Kumar, during a press meet, said, “From 2022-23 academic year, the National Testing Agency will be conducting the CUET for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. All the central universities will have to consider CUET scores for admissions to their programmes.”
Not only this, but he also informed me that the CUET will be based and designed on the Class 12 syllabus by the NCERT. At present in India, there are 45 Central universities under the UGC.
The CUET has a specific format which includes Section IA, Section IB, General Test and a domain-specific subject too. Section IA is a mandatory section that will be available in 13 different languages. Like English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam and others. Whereas Section IB is optional has language options like French, Arabic, German, Spanish etc.
Kumar informed that under the domain-specific subjects a student can choose upto six domains as per their choice of undergraduate courses.
Moreover, the quotas will remain unaffected due to the CUET, said Kumar. As universities will be able to enrol students in general and reserved categories on the basis of the CUET scores.
Advantages Explained By UGC
Kumar stated that introducing the entrance test will bring great relief for the students with the help of technology across the country. As the test is a computer-based test with an objective question and answer format, popularly known as MCQs.
He also added, “As a result of this, students need not have to write different kinds of entrance tests. Ultimately, we would like to make the CUET one entrance test for one nation for all UG programmes.”